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      Pro-life advocates call for change

      In the wake of the recent debate over abortion restrictions in Austin, pro-life advocates from across the valley gathered to argue their point of view at Our Lady of Mercy Parish Hall in Mercedes Saturday.

      Families who have experienced an abortion procedure testified of the grief they have felt, years after having an abortion.

      "They tell you how much things would be alright, life would just go on but never said how much you'd weep and grieve when I TMm gone," one speaker said. In 1973, Phyllis Young chose to have an abortion and she says she still has not been able to fully heal.

      "I remember it like it was yesterday, I remember laying on the table. I was awake during my abortion, I remember every bit of it like it was yesterday," Young said. A campaign called "The First 40 Days for Life," along with her religious beliefs pushed Trevino to leave her management position at a Planned Parenthood facility.

      She said she doesn't understand why some oppose the Texas abortion bill, Senate Bill 5.

      "It is really wanting to protect woman from those late term abortions, it also wants to protect woman from the RU486, which is the medical abortions," National pro-life speaker, Ramona Trevino said.

      Trevino said, as a pro-life supporter she would like to see abortion eliminated, but feels SB5 is a reasonable compromise of both sides that will benefit many women.

      Young says she was just 18 years-old when she made the decision to have an abortion adding her son's name would have been John Christopher.

      In a letter she wrote her unborn child she stated:

      "I want to kiss his little toes and little fingers and hold him close and that I missed him and one day I would see him in heaven," Young said.

      The letter helped Young ease the pain and guilt she's kept inside for years.

      Phyllis Young says she is willing to talk to anyone thinking about abortion.

      You can reach her at Rachel TMs Vineyard Retreat.