Abortion rights rally celebrates 43rd anniversary of Roe v Wade

A pro-abortion supporters, foreground, try to disrupt anti-abortion supporters as they march to the Texas Capitol during a Texas Rally for Life in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Friday marks the 43 anniversary of the historic Roe versus Wade decision.

A speaker at the abortion rights rally at the State Capitol Friday (KXAN Photo)
A speaker at the abortion rights rally at the State Capitol Friday (KXAN Photo)

That was the landmark Texas case giving women the constitutional right to an abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court made the decision Jan. 22, 1973, allowing women to receive legal abortions before their third trimester.

In honor of the decision, several groups hosted a rally outside the State Capitol in support of pro-choice.

In response to the anniversary U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued a statement saying “The decision handed down by the Supreme Court 43 years ago in Roe v. Wade guaranteed a woman’s right to choose. As president, and as someone who has 100 percent pro-choice voting record in Congress, I will do everything that I can to protect and preserve a woman’s right to an abortion.”

Friday’s rally will launch a multi-city “Truth Tour.” Groups will tour Texas against the recent anti-abortion law.

In Washington D.C. there will be an anti-abortion rally and march opposing the decision.

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