More than 1,000 people protested outside the convention building in Texas on Saturday, reports Reuters. In the 30-degree heat, protesters gathered to express their dissatisfaction with the state’s controversial new abortion law, which denies a woman the right to have the procedure after just six weeks. And many of the participants’ clothes were decorated with slogans such as “Aborta Abbott” (Governor of Texas, editor’s note) and pictures of wombs.
In addition to the demonstration in Texas, more than 600 others were organized in other parts of the country. In Washington, D.C., for example, protesters marched before the US Supreme Court, which will soon rule on a bill in Mississippi.
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Strict restrictions on the right to abortion
The proposal would be able to contravene the famous HD Roe v Wade Resolution from 1973, which stated that free abortion is constitutionally protected under the right to privacy. Mississippi will then follow a similar path to Texas, something that worries women’s rights activists in the country.
Rachel O’Leary Carmona, CEO of Women’s March, said in his address during demonstrations outside the conference building.
A law now in force in Texas, the so-called Heartbeat Act, prohibits abortion after heart activity is detected in the fetus, which usually occurs at about six weeks of pregnancy. This is before most women themselves know they are pregnant, plus, this is before just over 90 percent of all abortions are performed.
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