Abortion Rights Advocate Rally in Downtown Dallas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Despite the heat, hundreds of people gathered in Dallas City Hall to protest the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade, which abolished a federal right to abortion.

The court’s controversial decision worries Valerie about a trigger law that would ban medical abortions using a pill.

“I’ve had five miscarriages before [my daughter] and I had four after her and three times I was ahead and had to take the abortion pill and it wasn’t because I didn’t want my baby, but because I needed medical attention,” Valerie said.

Pro-choicers remained nonviolent, but quickly swarmed out and confronted counter-protesters and yelled them down.

A counter-protester was eventually led away by police.

The large group, mostly young women, took to the streets of downtown Dallas on Thursday, causing traffic congestion in the area.

“I am ready to vote. I’m willing to keep protesting, keep fighting, keep joining organizations,” Arlington’s Cydny Hamilton said. “I am willing to donate to Planned Parenthood and other small abortion clinics.”

For her it is personal. Proponents say poor women and women of color are most affected by the court’s decision.

“In hospitals, black women are three times more likely to die during childbirth or anything else during pregnancy than a white woman,” Hamilton said. “It’s just so important to make sure black women have a choice.”

The First Unitarian Church of Dallas, where the Roe v. Wade case first took shape, pledges to continue to help women find safe abortion care.

“We’re bringing patients to New Mexico who are below the poverty line and in need of care, you know, it’s been between six weeks and about 11 weeks, but now it’s going to be just about anyone who’s eligible,” said Rev. Daniel Kanter. . “We will continue to do that as long as it is safe and legal for us to do.”

Since December, the Church has moved several hundred women below the poverty line to qualify for abortion care in New Mexico.

“The laws as they are are really about providing the abortion service. And there are no laws about crossing the state line.” said Reverend Kanter.

Although the Texas law is coming into effect soon and says you can’t help women have abortions, a constitutional expert says churches are unlikely to face legal problems.

Those at the rally said they won’t back down.

“They’ll pass all the laws, we’ll still find a way,” Valerie said.

I can tell you this: It won’t stop me if someone needs my help personally to access an abortion,” Hamilton said. “It won’t stop me from taking my chances. I’ll give them what they need because it’s their choice. And I believe in that.”

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