Planned Parenthood had an undeniable presence in San Antonio on Friday, April 15 at the Marriott Rivercenter. Hundreds of people turned out to listen and meet with this year's guest speakers: President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards, and Civil Rights Activist and Labour Leader, Dolores Huerta.
"This is the biggest luncheon yet for this affiliate," Richards declared when looking over the crowd.
However not everybody arrived downtown to support the cause. Over a dozen pro-life demonstrators stood outside the Marriott in protest of Planned Parenthood's abortion practices.
Indoors, President of Planned Parenthood South Texas, Jeffrey Hons, was hosting a Q&A with the guests of honour. The conversation spanned a number of topics, particularly surrounding the link between social justice and reproductive rights.
"We will never have peace until women take power," Huerta declared, "...we have to educate our women to be strong..."
Cecile Richards said that despite the regression in reproductive rights, she has never seen so much support for Planned Parenthood. However, there is conflicting research to support her claim.
Questions from these polls varied in nature. Some polls asked people if they would support decreasing or cutting federal funding for Planned Parenthood. In the end, it seems clear that between 58 and 61 percent of people do not support restricting Planned Parenthood's reach.
What isn't clear is whether or not this is an improvement over the last two decades. The 2015 Gallup Poll found that since 1993, support has gone down among members of all parties, from 81% favourability.
Regardless of the statistics, both speakers made it clear that complacency isn't an option. Huerta made a call to action to Texans.
"We have to make Texas number one for social justice," Huerta asserted. "[Know] if we don't do it, it's not going to happen."
Huerta shared her story of how she became a feminist in her early years of activism. "I was fighting for our people, my people. But, I realised that I have to fight for our women, because women often get left behind."
Richards recognised the diversity among the guests in the audience.
"This coming generation [and this movement], it's not just about women anymore," Richards said. "The number of young men who are joining this movement is historic."