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'Don't Mess with Texas' Abortions' rally held at Texas Capitol

Protesters spoke out against Senate Bill 8, calling it an "attack on abortion rights."

AUSTIN, Texas — On Saturday, the Trust Respect Access Coalition held a rally at the Texas Capitol against a controversial bill that passed during the 87th legislative session.

The "Don't Mess with Texas' Abortions" rally began on the South steps of the Capitol and was followed by a march to the Governor's Mansion. Protesters spoke out against Senate Bill 8, calling it an "attack on abortion rights."

Senate Bill 8, called The Texas Heartbeat Act, bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is typically at six weeks and before most women know they are pregnant.

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The bill does not make an exception for survivors of rape or incest who become pregnant as a result of the crime against them. It only allows an exception for medical emergencies.

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More than 5,000 people marked that they were either "going" or "interested" in attending the rally on the event's Facebook event page.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 8 into law on May 19. It goes into effect on Sept. 1. 

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