AUSTIN — Abortion activists in Texas chanted ‘Hail Satan’ as pro-life residents began singing the hymn Amazing Grace outside the state capitol building on Tuesday.
The incident occurred as the battle continues to rage over a proposed late-term abortion bill being considered in the Senate. Blogger Adam Cahm captured the chanting on video, and a number of pro-life residents present posted about the matter on Twitter and Facebook.
“It’s been a very interesting day at the Texas State Capitol,” Cahm wrote. “LetTexasSpeak has been doing a live broadcast from the rotunda where women have been sharing their abortion related testimonies. The pro-abortion crowd has responded with repeated chants of ‘Hail Satan.’”
“Crowd of anti-abortion activists giving speeches while a group of people chant ‘Hail Satan’ in the background,” also Tweeted Josh Rubin of CNN.
“I really wish I was lying, but today in Texas the pro-choice crowd was chanting ‘Hail Satan’ while the Christians sang ‘Amazing Grace,'” likewise posted Mitchell Carter.
Rubin stated that other chants could be heard throughout the day, some of which he believed were in jest.
“Small group of abortion rights protesters heckling a larger group of anti-abortion activists,” he wrote. “[They are] chanting ‘more white males’ sarcastically.”
In video footage captured of the incident, women in orange shirts can also be heard chanting the common “not the Church, not the state” mantra used by Planned Parenthood supporters. A young woman in a yellow shirt then approaches the pro-lifers, chanting ‘Hail Satan’ and sticking out her tongue at the camera.
As previously reported, the battle over late-term abortion and other infanticide restrictions has been raging in Texas in recent weeks as pro-life and pro-abortion residents have clashed over the proposed legislation. Last week, Senate Bill 5 (SB5) passed overwhelmingly in the Texas House of Representatives. SB5 includes stipulations that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, and also calls for increased medical safety standards in abortion clinics. According to recent reports, nearly 90% of Texas’ abortion clinics do not currently meet the bill’s requirements, and could face closure if SB5 is implemented.
However, when the bill was introduced in the Senate, Senator Wendy Davis, a Democrat from Fort Worth, led an 11-hour-long filibuster to delay voting on the bill. According to Courthouse News, Davis spoke non-stop until approximately 10:00 p.m., when Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst ended her speech because she had strayed off topic.
In the remaining two hours of the session, raucous cheers and shouts from fervent pro-abortion protesters inside the capitol drowned out the senators’ voting attempts, and—by 3:00 a.m. Wednesday—SB5 was officially declared dead. Dewhurst was visibly frustrated, and declared that “an unruly mob, using Occupy Wall Street tactics, disrupted the Senate from protecting unborn babies,” according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Therefore, Governor Rick Perry called for a special session of the Texas legislature, in part so that the bill could be voted on fairly.
“I am calling the legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas,” Perry stated. “Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. … We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.”