Students for Life in America, with the help of other pro-life groups, gathered in protest of U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel’s October 28 ruling that deemed parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas unconstitutional.

Yeakel ruled Monday that the provisions requiring doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at local hospitals and that they strictly follow Food and Drug Administration instructions when administering abortion-inducing drugs were unreasonable hindrances for patients and doctors.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, expressed the group’s disappointment as she spoke at rain-soaked event.

“We were really discouraged when we heard about the ruling on Monday,” she said. “This is a common-sense safety standard. When you're doing any surgical procedure you should be in good standing with the hospitals in your area."

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot has appealed the ruling.

Volunteers with Planned Parenthood were on hand to ensure that patients would be able to peacefully enter and exit the Houston office Wednesday, but no confrontations were reported and no police were visible.