Local voters, party leaders react to controversial abortion bill

By: Steven Powell Email
By: Steven Powell Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- At the state capitol, protesters have been rallying against a controversial abortion bill pending in the state legislature.

But it's been a different scene locally, where the bill sees strong support from voters.

"No, I don't believe in abortions whatsoever," said Debbie Davis, Sherman resident.

"I believe if a woman gets pregnant, she should give birth to that baby," Sherman resident Alfreda Reeves said.

But it isn't sitting well with Tony Beaverson of the Grayson County Democratic party.

"I find it very intrusive. It's the most intrusive thing that a government can do," he said.

Though he concedes that the bill will likely pass, he anticipates a state-wide backlash against Republicans.

"The youth and the minority influx into this state are not gonna stand for these old, outdated modes of thinking and lifestyles," he said.

But the Grayson County Republican party doesn't see the state turning blue anytime soon.

"Let me assure you that we are going to be working hard against that. And locally, in this county, it's not something that we're taking anyway lightly," said local party Chairman Larry Millson.

He said doesn't see the democratic momentum as a threat.

"We're the one state in this nation that has it working for us. And we're not going to sacrifice it," he said.

But while the issue has become a political tug-of-war, some voters think the politics should stay out of it.

"Not everything is in black and white," said Dennis Scott, Sherman resident.

It's a feeling echoed by local Democratic party Chair Lander Bethel.

"I find it troubling and disappointing that our legislators headed in this direction," he said.

Local Sen. Craig Estes issued a statement about the bill:

"Senate Bill 1 protects innocent life and improves the health care for women. ...I look forward to voting for this important piece of legislation within the coming weeks."

The senate expects to take up the measure on Thursday.

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