Perry attends pro-life rally in Austin



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 26 at 12:30 PM

The back and forth is beginning between Governor Rick Perry and likely challenger Kay Bailey Hutchison.

KVUE's Mari Alvarez reports
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Saturday afternoon, Governor Rick Perry rallied with hundreds of supporters in a pro-life event at the state capitol.

"Thank you for your commitment to the most vulnerable among us - and that's the unborn citizens of this state," said Governor Perry as he addressed the crowd.

Earlier Saturday morning Perry's likely gubernatorial challenger, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, met in downtown Austin with 300 of her closest supporters to kick off a private strategy session for her 2010 campaign for Texas governor.

"We started our organization effort after the first of the year, so in three weeks we have put together the beginning of our team," said Senator Hutchison.

Hutchison confirmed she is running for Governor, but will not officially declare her candidacy until this summer.

She also answered questions about her 94% pro-life voting record.

"It's important for us to focus on what we can do to lower the number of abortions and increase the number of adoptions - we have a very low rate of adoption in our state," said Hutchison.

Adoption was a major issue at Saturday's rally at the capitol.

Governor Perry is backing House Bill 109, which would create a "choose life" license plate. Proceeds would promote adoption alternatives in Texas.

"I think it's a brilliant idea...representative Phillips created - and I think the idea of promoting adoption is fabulous," said pro-life supporters Angela and Al Notzon.

"I don't have a problem with other people having a license plate as long as pro choice groups can have a license plate too - and what a beautiful thing if all the funds from both license plates went to adoption centers," said pro-choice supporter Lindsay Morris.

Today's rally comes just one day after President Barack Obama signed an executive order that ends a ban on federal abortion funding.