In the aftermath of Texas’s abortion ban, there are marches for reproductive justice.
Over 600 marches were held across the United States on Saturday to protest the loss of reproductive liberties as a result of Texas’ abortion ban.
Last month, a Texas law prohibiting abortions once a baby heartbeat is found, which physicians believe can happen as early as six weeks after conception. Activists are concerned that other states will enact their own versions of one of the country’s most draconian abortion laws.
The Women’s March account tweeted, “We don’t say this lightly: We’re at severe risk of losing our reproductive liberties.” “It’s up to all of us to fight back. That’s why, on October 2, we’ll be marching across the country.”
The “Rally for Abortion Justice” began at 1:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C., with participants marching to the United States Supreme Court.
The Soul Rebels, a brass band from New Orleans, and Adeline, a singer-songwriter, played in Freedom Plaza to energise the throng before of the march.
Cristela Alonzo, a Latina comedian and activist, hosted the demonstration at Freedom Plaza, which featured speakers from across the abortion justice coalition.
According to the Women’s March website, additional speakers scheduled to speak at the D.C. rally were actress and activist Busy Philipps, best known for her role in Dawson’s Creek, and Schuyler Bailar, a transgender swimmer and advocate for other trans athletes.
The marches are being organized by the Women’s March, which previously opposed President Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017 after his statements on a 2005 Access Hollywood tape about “grabbing” women’s genitals and other disgusting remarks. According to CNN, more than 90 organizations were involved, including Planned Parenthood, a reproductive health organization, and the Center for American Progress, a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization.
The National Parks Service confirmed to CNN that organizers sought for a permit for 10,000 people in Washington, which is far fewer than the Women’s March opposing Trump’s inauguration in 2017, which drew over 450,000 people to the capital.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Women’s March website stated that “everyone is obliged to wear a mask and practice social distancing,” and advised anyone who was sick to attend virtual events instead.
Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons of Top Chef, Shareenduh Tate, executive director of the George Floyd Foundation, and Sabrina Greenlee, a community organizer, author, and domestic violence survivor, were also confirmed as speakers at a sister event in Houston. Article Summary from Nokia News