ছবি Reuters file photo: September 15, 2021 A protester signs an abortion while listening to speakers at a Black Women Tech Action event outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Reuters / Jonathan Ernst / File photo
By Richard Webner and Julia Hart
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Proponents of women’s rights gathered at the Texas Capitol on Saturday to protest the country’s most restrictive abortion law and began 60 rallies in the United States in support of reproductive freedom.
Crowds of more than a thousand protesters gathered in front of the building in intense heat where earlier this year lawmakers passed a measure banning abortion about six weeks later, which was later signed by Governor Greg Abbott.
Several protesters were seen with signs and “Abert Abbott” on their T-shirts, while others were drawing a cervix next to the Texas state slogan, “Come and Take It.”
“Our vision for Texas is still tough and resilient,” Ann Howard, a commissioner in Travis County, including Austin, told the crowd. “But it’s open and inclusive and sympathetic. Our Texas protects individual freedom.”
In Washington, D.C., two days before protesters moved to the U.S. Supreme Court, the court https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2GR3F4 resumed a session where judges will consider a Mississippi lawsuit that could enable them to defend Rowe v. 1973. Revoking the right to abortion established in the Wade case.
In a Sept. 5 judgment on Sept. 1, the judges rejected requests from abortion and women health providers to stop enforcing the ban in Texas.
“It’s a kind of break story for people all over the country,” said Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, before the group organized most of the protests.
“Many of us grew up with the idea that abortion would be legal and accessible to all of us, and it was a waking moment to see it at real risk,” she said.
Carmona said the number of processions scheduled for Saturday was second after the group’s first demonstration, which drew millions of people around the world to rallies since his inauguration in 2017 against former President Donald Trump.
The march from coast to coast included not only Austin, but also other cities in Texas, a flashpoint in the nation’s fight for abortion rights.
The state’s so-called “heartbeat” law, which went into effect on September 1, prohibits abortion after fetal cardiac activity has been detected, usually about six weeks. Experts say that most women before pregnancy and 85% to 90% of all abortions.
Texas also allows ordinary citizens to enforce the ban, rewarding them at least 10,000 10,000 if they successfully sue someone who helps them have an abortion illegally.
Within a month of the law being enacted, hundreds of Texas women have moved to other states for abortions, others have sought abortion-induced pills by post or visited “crisis pregnancy centers” that encourage women not to have abortions. Abortion clinics are struggling to survive
Proponents of abortion rights and the U.S. Department of Justice have challenged the law in state and federal courts, arguing that it violates Rowe v. Wade.
A federal judge in Austin on Friday heard a request from the judiciary https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-administration-urge-halt-strict-texas-abortion-law-2021-10-01 when the law temporarily challenged its constitutionality .