KVUE -- With the Texas House debate as a backdrop, Planned Parenthood kicked off a statewide bus tour at the Texas Capitol Tuesday morning.
The tour began with a rally and a sea of signs in orange, blue, white and black. Thousands represented two sides of the same issue of abortion regulations in Texas and how they would impact women.
Lesli Simms has been to hearings and testimony since the debate began.
"Women of color, lower income women and women who are working a second or third job cannot be here today. That's just a simple fact. But I can and I will be here every day that I'm required," Simms said.
She told KVUE that she spent her 22nd birthday witnessing what turned out to be a historic night in the Texas Senate.
"That filibuster though was more than a single event to block a bad bill," said Senator Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, who delivered the filibuster that prevented a vote on the abortion bill in the first special session. "It was an expression of democracy in action and a clear signal that Texans [had] had enough."
Citizens, lawmakers and doctors will travel across the state on a custom-made bus for the Stand with Texas Women Tour. Planned Parenthood is sponsoring the tour. They say the abortion bill and its supporters are waging a war on women, and that it will negatively impact the health of Texas' women in many ways.
"Decisions made by our state leaders are effectively tying the hands of doctors, tying my hands, and leaving my patients out in the cold," OB/GYN Dr. Christina Sebestyen told the crowd.
The Stand with Texas Women Tour makes the following stops:
Tuesday, July 9
Wednesday, July 10
- Fort Worth
Thursday, July 11
- San Antonio
Friday, July 12
- El Paso
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