Size Matters: Pro-Choice Rally More Than Twice As Large As Anti-Choice Event Featuring Non-Texans

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I'll let the photos do the taking. At left, last Monday's pro-choice rally featuring Senator Wendy Davis, Planned Parenthood President and native Texan Cecile Richards, and NARAL Pro-Choice America President and native Texan Ilyse Hogue.

At right, tonight's anti-choice rally featuring folks bussed in from across the country, featuring former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and The Duggars, a family of 21 from a reality TV show, as well as Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and AG Greg Abbott.


Compare for yourself whose rally was bigger: the one organized by pro-choice coalition last Monday at noon, or the one that bused folks in from across the country?

Photo at left via TMF. Photo at right via me.

More below the jump.Media estimates put tonight's anti-choice rally at 2,000 people, and last Monday's pro-choice rally at over 5,000 people. Heck, over 2,000 Texans came to the Capitol just during last week's State Affairs hearing to register their opposition to HB 2 / SB 1.

Furthermore, folks at the anti-choice rally were a lot more spread out, and not packed in cheek-by-jowl like the pro-choice folks. Maybe the anti's just want to respect their bodily space? Who knows.

The anti-choice rally was also heavily populated by non-Texans, from the speaking lineup to the folks who traveled from across the country to mess with Texas women's rights. Coach buses were lined up on Trinity as I drove home tonight. It's clear that despite busing in folks by the hundreds, the anti-choice crowd couldn't equal the numbers of actual Texans who stood in during the hot summer sun to advocate for women's rights.

But frankly, these numbers should come as no surprise. Polling shows that Texans oppose SB 1 and want the Legislature focused on jobs and the economy, not unnecessary abortion restrictions.

The fight continues, but make no mistake — our numbers are strong, and growing.  

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She has previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Austin. In addition to serving as the president of Austin Young Democrats, she is also UCONN's #1 fan in Texas.

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