SAN ANTONIO -- Two local groups were reacting in very different ways to the historic Supreme Court ruling Monday that struck down strict abortions laws in Texas.
On the southeast side of town with an abortion clinic as the backdrop, the San Antonio Family Association was not happy, but the group was going to make sure its voice was heard.
“Ultimately, we'd like to see no abortions. It would be nice [to] have these restrictions we fought so hard for in 2013,” said Sylvia Villarreal who was spotted with SAFA holding a pro-life sign on the sidewalk.
“If you'll note the 20 week ban on abortions, didn't fall did it? So we have one victory, and that's no abortions in the state of Texas after 20 weeks,” said Mike Knuffke of SAFA. He also spent part of the evening with a sign on the sidewalk as people would drive by and honk.
In the meantime, north of downtown, Planned Parenthood was hosting a celebration with other abortion rights groups.
“[We feel] shock, excitement and hopefulness for sure,” said Meg Loomis.
Loomis works with Fund Texas Choice. It’s a non-profit that helps pay for abortion-related travel expenses. The group was formed after Texas House bill 2 was passed, but despite Monday's ruling, she said the organization will still need to operate.
“Our services are still going to be very much needed. It was a hopeful day, and were really happy about the Supreme Court’s ruling. However, clinics are not going to open overnight now,” said Loomis.
If there's one thing both sides can agree on, it's that they will continue to spread their messages from the streets to the Texas Capitol.
“We’re not going to stop going out to the sidewalks in front of these mills, and we’re going to continue to talk to the women and educate the women before they go in there,” said Norma Reyna who was out with SAFA Monday.
“This is just the beginning of a very long journey that we are all prepared for. Everyone here is going to fight,” said Holly Benavides with the Lilith Fund.
So what’s next? Groups like SAFA said they will continue to push state lawmakers to come up with new legislation.
While more than 20 clinics have closed down, don’t expect them to open up soon. They will have to file for a license and that could take some time.
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