Abortion activists rally against Texas law


“Let’s talk about the elephant in the womb.”

The anger that had built up over the month of September finally boiled over on Saturday. It started on September 1 with Texas effectively banning abortions using a mechanism that sounds a lot like vigilante justice. Then, just a day later, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ban while the law worked its way through the legal system further infuriated abortion activists, who saw an implied infringement. to the historic court decision Roe v. Wade.

Reflecting how deeply unpopular Texas law is, a number of major companies, including Apple, Lyft and Uber, have pledged to support their Texas-based workers in various ways. With resistance continuing to grow, the Women’s March has planned an October 2 rally for abortion justice. Although a nationwide effort, the centerpiece of the DC-based protest included a march to the steps of the Supreme Court.

Photos from the event show an energetic audience exercising their First Amendment rights to let the likes of Texas Governor Greg Abbott know that these kinds of unconstitutional legal games aren’t going to fly. There’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Handmaid’s Tale cosplay. Middle fingers up. Smarter protest signs than you can imagine. The outrage is real.

There are many visible antagonists in the conservative anti-abortion crusade, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
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Coat sheds are provocative symbols of protest, referencing the history of women who had to resort to self-terminating pregnancies amid oppressive anti-abortion laws.

Coat sheds are provocative symbols of protest, referencing the history of women who had to resort to self-terminating pregnancies amid oppressive anti-abortion laws.
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Protest signs can take many forms.  Here is one of the most inventive efforts, brazenly declaring that abortion justice is "not open to debate."

Protest signs can take many forms. Here’s one of the more inventive efforts, brazenly declaring that abortion justice “is not up for debate.”
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In its call to action, the Women’s March laid out the issue of the day in blunt terms: “When the Supreme Court denied an emergency request to block Texas’ abortion ban, it effectively crossed the next step toward overturning Roe v. Wade. Simply put: We are witnessing the gravest threat to abortion access in our lifetimes.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America offered a similar sentiment on Twitter“We’re done compromising. Abortion justice for all, when, where and how we need it. Reproductive freedom is a fundamental freedom. That’s why we #RallyForAbortionJustice. Why are you doing it ?pic or two from today’s rally.”

Disgraced former President Donald Trump may be out of power, but his influence on the Republican Party platform continues to weigh heavily.

Disgraced former President Donald Trump may be out of power, but his influence on the Republican Party platform continues to weigh heavily.
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It’s not just Washington DC where people gather. Hundreds of rallies across the United States welcomed thousands of protesters on Saturday as concerned citizens gathered to make their voices heard. This shouldn’t be a surprise. Well over half the population of the United States supports giving birthrights access to abortion.

Here is a crowd that gathered in Los Angeles to support the Women's March Rally for Abortion Justice.

Here is a crowd that gathered in Los Angeles to support the Women’s March Rally for Abortion Justice.
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There is also a lot of angst about Texas law IN Texas.  Here is a view of the protest in the city of Austin.

There is also a lot of angst about Texas law IN Texas. Here is a view of the protest in the city of Austin.
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A protester in Los Angeles attended the rally in cosplay of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a nod to the late Supreme Court justice who was a strong advocate of liberal views.

A protester in Los Angeles attended the rally in cosplay of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a nod to the late Supreme Court justice who was a strong advocate of liberal views.
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