As young people traveled from all over the United States, braving the blizzard of 2016 to stand up and let their voices be heard in Washington, D.C., Catholics from South Texas journeyed to Austin for the same reason, to lend their voices to the voiceless victims of abortion.
Members of the St. Anthony’s Pro-Life Group in Robstown and the St. John’s parish in Robstown attended along with other members from the Diocese of Corpus Christi, including Saint John Paul II High School and Bishop Garriga Middle Prep School. Sister Mary Elizabeth Albers and Sister Mary Mediatrix Patterson rode up with the JPII High School students.
“It was beautiful to see so many people from all over the state. People even traveled from Louisiana to join us in the rally. The experience was very positive and peaceful. People were singing and praising God for the gift of life,” Sister Mediatrix recalled.
The rally began with a mile walk through downtown Austin around the Texas Capital building. Bishop Daniel Garcia opened the presentation on the Capital steps with a prayer of benediction. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and speakers from the Texas Alliance for Life and the Texas House of Representatives followed, and the keynote address was given by abortion survivor Melissa Ohden.
“We are a movement that isn’t just pro-life or pro-child we are pro-women, we are also pro-love,” Melissa Ohdem said in her speech. It was a statement that encapsulated the spirit of the gathering that day.