“During our peaceful Heartbeat Celebration, Students for Life was confronted by outraged protestors who were part of Planned Parenthood’s protest of the new Texas Heartbeat Law,” said Sarah Zarr, Texas and Southern Manager for SFL/SFLAction. “We frequently encounter emotional abortion supporters, many of whom have likely been hurt by abortion experiences in their own lives. We pray for them to find peace and to demonstrate mutual respect for us as we do for them.”
AUSTIN, T.X., and WASHINGTON, D.C. (05-29-2021) – Today, peaceful pro-life advocates demonstrated at the Texas State Capitol in Austin in support of the new Texas Heartbeat Law, which was signed by Governor Abbott on May 19. The pro-life demonstration took place concurrent with a large, pro-abortion protest of the Law organized by Planned Parenthood and its pro-abortion allies.
During the demonstration, outraged protestors interacted with the peaceful pro-life advocates. In one instance, a pro-abortion protester confronted the pro-lifers, screaming obscenities at Sarah Zarr, Texas and Southern Regional Manager for SFL/SFLAction, who organized the Heartbeat Celebration. The woman accused Zarr of being “a murderer” multiple times.
“We frequently encounter emotional abortion supporters,” said Zarr, “many of whom have likely been hurt by abortion experiences in their own lives. We pray for them to find peace and to demonstrate mutual respect for us as we do for them.”
In the lead-up to the rally, Zarr observed: “Texans look with renewed hope to the future, as should all Americans, bolstered by the knowledge that the Supreme Court will soon hear the most important abortion case since Planned Parenthood v. Casey.” Pro-life advocates know that the fight to abolish abortion will not be without confrontation and heated emotion, but Zarr hopes that abortion supporters will make space for dialogue in the midst of pro-life victories. “We know that The Future Is Anti-Abortion. We envision that future in everything we do, and work toward the day when every human life is celebrated both inside and outside the womb.”
Rally speakers included Sarah Zarr, Students for Life of America/Students for Life Action; Senator Bryan Hughes, Heartbeat Bill Champion; Jason Jones, Movie To Movement; Rebecca Parma, Texas Right to Life; Allan Parker, Justice Foundation; Jason Vaughn, Young Republicans; Rachel Schroder, Students for Life of America; Heather Gardner, Central Texas Coalition; Joe Pojman, Texas Alliance for Life; Abby Johnson, And Then There Were None; and Mary Elizabeth Castle, Texas Values.
Read more about SFL/SFLAction’s advocacy in Texas this year HERE.
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Students for Life Action (SFLAction) is the 501c4 sister organization of Students for Life of America (SFLA), the nation’s largest, pro-life, student organization with more than 1,240 groups on middle, high school, and university campuses in all 50 states. Students for Life has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life outreach in the world and mobilizes the Pro-Life Generation to confront abortion at the local, state and national levels daily. Every week, Students for Life entities reach more than 2 million people across social media platforms to have nearly 200,000 digital conversations with the most engaged pro-life online audience in the world.
Students for Life of America (SFLA) is the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1,240 groups on college and university, middle and high school, medical and law school campuses in all 50 states. Student pro-life organizations work to confront policies on their campuses to support pregnant and parenting students, to end Planned Parenthood’s relationships with schools and communities, and to change minds of their peers about abortion. SFLA has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life entity.