Texas abortion rights advocates hold ‘Bans off our Bodies’ rally at State Capitol

Abortion advocates from across the Lone Star State gather on the steps of the Texas Capitol to protest the pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling reversing Roe v. Wade.

The rally is part of a national day of action taking place across the country. More than 380 events are being held from Maine to Hawaii, with the largest gatherings expected in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and other major cities.

Tens of thousands were expected to attend ‘Bans off our Bodies’ events, providing an outlet for the anger and frustration of abortion rights activists after a leaked draft Supreme Court ruling suggested that Roe v. Wade would be canceled, the AP said. If the decision is overturned, about half of the states are on the verge of banning abortion, including Texas.

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Saturday’s rallies come three days after the Senate failed to muster enough votes to codify Roe v. Wade. The vote was 51 to 49 against the lawsuit, with 60 votes needed to move forward. According to the AP, the near-partisan tally promises to be the first of several Congressional efforts to preserve the nearly 50-year-old court ruling.

Sponsors include Women’s March, Move On, Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, MoveOn, SEIU and other organizations. The Texas Walk is sponsored by Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, ACLU of Texas, Progress Texas, Avow, Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, Deeds Not Words, and Texas Freedom Network.

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