Anti-abortion activists Wednesday protested an Illinois-based medical waste disposal company at its North Temple location.
About 28 people gathered just outside the gates of Stericycle, 7445 Pegasus Drive.
Temple resident Daniel Maddux organized the protest.
“I understand that most of the work that Stericycle does nationwide is good in terms of disposing of medical waste,” Maddux said. “Part of their business enables Planned Parenthood in their disposal of both medical waste and aborted babies.”
Stericycle has stated it has a long-standing policy against accepting fetal remains, The Associated Press reported.
“We’re just out here just asking them to stop supporting Planned Parenthood,” Maddux said.
Around 10:45 a.m., the protesters gathered in a prayer circle. The Rev. Jude Uche of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Salado led the prayer.
“Today we commit ourselves to never be silent,” the priest said, standing in a grassy area near the medical disposal company’s driveway. “Today we commit ourselves to the pro-life movement.”
This protest comes amid a national conversation about abortion. Recently, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a bill that bans almost all abortions in the state, and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill that prohibits abortions once a doctor can detect the first fetal heartbeat.
About 50 abortion rights activists protested the abortion ban laws Tuesday outside the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown, the Austin American-Statesman reported.