Thousands rallied in support of abortion rights on Saturday after Texas Governor. Greg Abbott signed a new law banning nearly all abortions in Texas ..
The headlining “Rally For Abortion Justice” began at 10 a.m. with a faith gathering at Freedom Plaza in D.C. The march began at noon and ended at the U.S. Supreme Court steps. According to the Women’s March website ., actress Cristela Altonzo and comedian
Latina hosted the event. Busy Philipps, actress, and Schuyler Bailar were among those who made an appearance.
“I flew red eye from Texas to DC to host today’s Abortion Rights Rally at Freedom Plaza. This Texan wanted to come and say that the new law is trash,” Alonzo tweeted earlier Saturday.
More than 600 sister marches are expected to be held in cities across the country. The group said more than 100,000 people will participate in the nationwide event. The march, which will be the first since the departure of former President Donald Trump, aims to increase awareness about “abortion justice”.
On Sept. 1, Abbott’s restrictive abortion law went into effect which prohibits abortion once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks. Abortion advocates have argued that the law effectively bans abortion statewide because many women do not know they are pregnant at that point.
Kleo vanWay, a student from Washington, D.C., stated that she attended the rally in order to tell the Supreme Court “that you cannot silence us.” Abortion will always be necessary. “
“I’m here because I’m Appalachian and I’m from West Virginia. We only have one abortion center,” VanWay stated. VanWay stated that she is here to advocate for expanded access. “
Cathy Manns from Harpers Ferry in West Virginia said that there should be pressure on the Supreme Court.
” I was a small, innocent child when Roe V. Wade was passed. Manns was present at the D.C. gathering and said that she is almost retired, but that she continues to fight this battle. This is huge. This is huge.”
Cameron French, a grad student in D.C., said he attended to show support for his sister, mother and other women in his life.
” I don’t want any American woman to think back to the days when back-alley abortions caused women to die. He said that it was better to keep them safe and added that abortion is not going away. “
Lawyers for the Justice Department appeared in a Texas federal court on Friday to ask a judge to block the state’s law, arguing it’s “in open defiance of the Constitution.” In court papers, the lawyers argued that the statute “prohibits most pre-viability abortions, even in cases of rape, sexual abuse or incest” and “also prohibits any effort to aid — or, indeed, any attempt to aid — the doctors who provide pre-viability abortions or the women who exercise their right to seek one. “
Lawyers from the Texas Attorney General’s Office stated that the law was constitutional and requested that any request for preliminary injunction be denied. The judge Robert Pitman said that he would issue a decision later but did not specify how.
The Justice Department filed the case last month after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to block the law from taking effect. In a 5-4 decision, the court stated that abortion providers had “raised serious questions about the constitutionality” of Texas’ law. However, those arguments didn’t adequately address the “complex and new” procedural issues presented by the case.
Organizers for the Women’s March said when the Court denied the request to block the law “they effectively took the next step towards overturning Roe v. Wade,” the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationally.
“Simply put: We are witnessing the most dire threat to abortion access in our lifetime,” the Women’s March website states. “That’s why, we’re marching across every state and in Washington, DC. … It is urgent that we send a clear message about our opposition to restricting abortion access, and overturning Roe v. Wade. “