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On Roe v. Wade Anniversary, Central Texans Spar Over Abortion

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It's hard to find someone whose mind isn't already made up, but pro-life groups and pro-choice groups continue to spar over women's rights.

More than four decades after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortions, the battle in Texas is far from over.

A thousand pieces of flapping blue and pink cloth.

"Just walked up and saw it on campus," a student said.

Covering the Fountain Mall at Baylor.

"All I saw was these little flags," another said, "and I was like, 'Oh what is that?'"

Stopping curious onlookers.

"I didn't know they were doing any event like this."

It's a demonstration by Bears for Life, a pro-life student group at the school.

"I think it's fantastic that they get involved in that way," said Julie Swaner, a staff member at the university.

And she isn't alone.

"When you read it," said junior Georgina Moss, "it's like, it makes you think."

As the state's abortion restriction law is tied up in appeals, neither side is backing down.

"Abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision," Natalie Kelinske, a media representative for Planned Parenthood in Waco.

It's a decision the group insists it wants available to clients. Right now they can't provide abortions, but they're still offering some health services and advice to women looking for abortions.

"We will work with all of our patients to make sure they know where they can go to access care," Kelinske said.

Back at Baylor, the flags aren't the only side people on campus see.

Apparently not everyone was happy walking past row after row of them without having their opposing voices heard. So someone actually took it upon themselves to print out a new message and pin it under a few of them.

"To Pro-Lifers: be a doctor or foster a kid," the message reads. "THAT'S how you make it possible for people to live But don't you dare tell women what they can and can't do When it was a woman that gave life to you." (See it here.)

And others were prepared to pick up the torch and print out even more.

"That would be awesome," sophomore Maggie Garcia said. "I would love to. I don't see anything wrong with it."

But for abortion opponents like Swaner, one argument stands out most.

"You need to make a choice for the child and not just for yourself," she said.

That's a choice the state is banking on to keep the new laws in place.

Planned Parenthood is one of the groups challenging the law in U.S. Circuit Court.

It says it will look at all options to figure out how to move forward if the regulations stay in place.

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