For one week (July 7- July 13) I was so blessed to have been part of the Students for Life of America #Stand4Life Bus Tour. It was an experience unlike any other I have ever encountered before! I haven’t done much activism in the pro-life movement and I had never been to Texas so I was ecstatic about being able to be part of this trip. Even the 30 hour bus ride excited me! If that doesn’t show my level of excitement, I don’t know what will!
When we arrived on Monday afternoon after the long bus ride, we jumped right into activism. We headed to the “Let Texas Speak Rally” in the Open Air Rotunda of the Texas State Capitol (which, by the way, is gorgeous!)
We did a number of other activism events throughout the week, like silently praying outside of a Planned Parenthood, handing out food and water to people at the Capitol (both pro-lifers and pro-aborts), and being silent witnesses for Life in the main Rotunda (my personal favorite).
The craziest day was definitely Friday. There were way more people at the Capitol on Friday than there had been any other day during the week and they started getting in line for the Senate Gallery at 5am. Some pro-aborts showed up with bottles of feces, urine, paint, tampons, and bricks with intentions of throwing them at pro-lifers and onto the gallery floor. They came prepared with sharpies and phone numbers for lawyers so that if they were arrested they could get bailed out quickly and come right back. A friend and I sat in the rotunda and said the Rosary a few times before we got into the gallery line. We waited in line for almost 6 hours when we got a text warning us to leave the rotunda and head to our safe room because DPS was concerned for the well being of everyone wearing pro-life blue.
A group of about 50-60 people jammed into Texas State Rep. Bryan Hughes’ office and watched the livestream of the second Senate vote passing. There was a lot of craziness going on in the gallery (people handcuffing themselves and I am so thankful that I was safe in the office! We stayed put to wait for the third and final vote to take place. The pro aborts were still screaming and causing a huge uproar, a few more were arrested. Shortly after the second vote it was time for the third and final vote – which passed, WOOHOO!! The room went crazy! People were cheering, jumping up and down, and crying tears of joy! I have never felt more blessed and proud to have been part of such an outstanding moment in history.
I want to thank Students for Life and all the donors that made this trip possible. I also want to thank Reps. Bryan Hughes, Steve Toth, and everyone else who helped us out while we were in TX! God Bless you all and keep fighting for Life!