Interstate 35 Pedestrian Overpass Outreach Began on Roe 2015 anniversary and continues each month near Baylor University
Waco may have the only enclosed pedestrian overpass for Interstate-35 in Texas. This location adjacent to Baylor was the site of Pro-Life Waco’s first overpass outreach on January 22, 2015. In spite of brutally cold weather, this new arrow in the PLW quiver was successful and has continued each month. With the success and experiences of monthly overpass events, we were ready to “supersize” in response to PPSellsBabyParts in September. On Tuesday, September 22, Pro-Life Waco delivered the nation’s first-ever Dawn to Dusk Overpass Outreach. This unprecedented event featured PPSellsBabyParts signs for both southbound and northbound traffic. The 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. event brought participation from Round Rock to Hillsboro, with an estimated 100,000 travelers throughout the day. People near the busy I-35 took to Twitter to express views according to the SAYNSUMTHNS blog. One student tweeted, “I wish the antiabortion protesters would take down the honk if you agree sign over 35. Some of us have to study…” Another tweeted: “When there’s a sign outside ur window telling everyone on I-35 to honk if they’re against abortion :-) !!!! #blessed”. Over 150 pro-lifers ascended to the overpass during the 12-hour event. Spirits were high. Doel Garcia helped set up and stayed up on the overpass for virtually the whole 12 hours. Press coverage included Waco Tribune-Herald, Baylor Lariat, two local television stations and the SAYNSUMTHNS blog. In collaboration with Pro-Life Waco, ProtestABQ of Albuquerque held their own Dawn to Dusk overpass outreach over Interstate 25.