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Hundreds return to downtown Austin for 2nd day of abortion rights protests
(CBS Austin)

AUSTIN, Texas - The second day of abortion rallies has wrapped up as abortion rights demonstrators marched through the streets of downtown Austin following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. There appeared to be no letting up on the protests as many people are angry with the court's decision.

Protestors made it loud and clear that they're going to continue to speak out until abortion is legal again in the Lone Star State. Crowds of pro-choice supporters marched from the Texas State Capitol throughout downtown Austin Saturday.

Starting at the State Capitol's front gates, pro-choice demonstrators protested the SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade which allowed abortion access for nearly 50 years.

“This is a fundamental human right and I can’t believe we’re going backward," Pro-choice supporter, Kara Herrmann said.

Hundreds of people piled onto the streets in front of the Capitol building which caused the Texas Department of Public Safety to block them off from traffic. Soon after, the protest hit the city streets.

“It’s empowering, it’s uplifting, it gives me hope that we can at least make a difference,” Herrmann said.

From the Capitol to 7th and San Jacinto, protestors marched until they were met by a wall of police. While remaining peaceful, the demonstrators circled back through downtown Austin and finished back at the Capitol. A smaller group of people marched again through the city.

“It’s infuriating because those of us who are pushing so hard to enact change, we’re seeing a redactment in policies that have propelled us forward,” said pro-choice supporter, Jesi Medrano said.

A trigger law will go into effect in the coming weeks that bans all abortions except in cases to save the life of a pregnant patient or to prevent "substantial impairment of major bodily function."

On Saturday morning, pro-life supporters celebrated the ruling and vowed to be there for mothers who fall on hard times and prayed for the millions of lives lost to abortion.

“I know a lot of us are celebrating today with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, but I also want all of us to remember that a lot of women are scared right now and a lot of women do not know what the future looks like for them,” said Cassie Guardiola with the JPII Life Center.

“I was almost in shock that we made this vision a reality and that now we can protect human lives,” said Sarah Zarr with Students for Life of America.

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Students in all 50 states gathered to commemorate the 63 million lives lost to abortion.

“I want to see women having the resources they need to carry the child to term. That’s what I think we should be focusing on now that abortion is illegal, we want to make it unthinkable," said pro-life supporter, Ivan Marotta.

Pro-choice demonstrators said they're going to continue to rally until they see change.

“I can’t believe that I woke up today and my grandmother had more rights than my nieces do,” Herrmann said.

Democratic candidate for governor, Beto O’Rourke, will join pro-choice organizations in hosting a statewide rally for reproductive freedom on Sunday at Pan American Neighborhood Park in Austin. The event starts at 5 p.m.

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