AUSTIN — On Sunday at Pan Am Park, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke held a “reproductive freedom” rally alongside pro-abortion organizations. The rally followed a decision from the United States Supreme Court to overturn the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, giving states the power to decide the legality of abortion.

In Texas, that means abortions—except for those to save the life of the mother—are now illegal.

During the rally, O’Rourke promised to support women in killing their own preborn children if he is elected governor.

“If this were about life, then gun violence would not be the leading cause of death of children and teenagers in the state of Texas,” O’Rourke said. 

However, statistics show that more children have died at the hands of abortion than gun violence. In the United States, it was reported that 1,839 children and teens die from gun violence annually; in 2020 alone, 53,949 preborn children were murdered by abortion in Texas.

In fact, since Roe v. Wade was first decided and affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1973, almost 70 million preborn babies have perished at the hands of abortion providers.

In a statement made during the rally, O’Rourke said he would support a woman’s choice to killing her preborn child because it is a “woman’s body” and her future and healthcare is at stake.

“Just imagine the shockwaves this will send if, for the first time in 32 years, Texas elects a Democrat as governor—a governor who won on the right of every woman to make her own decision about her own body, her own future, and her own healthcare,” O’Rourke said. 

Abbott, meanwhile, still leads O’Rourke in the latest polls, garnering 48 percent compared to O’Rourke’s 43 percent.

It’s not just the top of the Democrat ticket that is embracing unfettered abortion in Texas.

Mike Collier, the Democrat candidate for lieutenant governor, was endorsed by Planned Parenthood and boasted that he would be the “first pro-choice lieutenant governor in Texas” if elected.

Currently, 53 percent of Texans consider themselves pro-life, compared to 39 percent who say they are pro-choice. O’Rourke and Collier have made it clear that if elected, they would work to reverse the progress the state has made to protect unborn children.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.