Marking the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling, about 150 abortion rights protesters marched through downtown Dallas Sunday afternoon demanding the resumption of protection following last year’s monumental overturning of a Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed the right to access to abortion.
“Hey hey ho ho, the Supreme Court must go!” the group chanted as they walked down Commerce Street during a 2.5-mile march that began and ended at John F. Kennedy Memorial Square. “Life is a lie, they don’t care if people die.” Ahead of the march were several high school students.
The group held signs with slogans including “The caviar was the floor, not the ceiling”, “You wouldn’t try to adjust your vagina if it was shooting bullets”, and “The child was trusted but had no choice”.
For anti-abortion Texas politicians, including Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott, both were the target of several chants, one sign bearing the simple message, “We’re coming to take your place.”
The march in Dallas was one of several marches organized around the country on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the 1973 events. Row solution. The protests in the United States were expected to draw thousands of people. The rally took place a week after a march for the life of an opposition organization in Dallas.
Protest organizer Abigail Glavie called the 2022 midterm elections a crossroads in the fight for abortion rights. During the November election, support for the right to abortion after Rowe’s candidacy was ousted led women to participate in the election, nullifying a Republican victory that would normally be expected in an election under a Democratic president.
“All of you who have not stopped fighting for equal rights are the reason I don’t give up,” another organizer, Holly Latiole, told the crowd. “And I’ll be damned if I stop fighting now.”
Performances at JFK Plaza were silenced by two male religious protesters wearing clothes smeared with red blood-like paint and carrying a sidecar containing doll parts. They often directed sexist slurs at the pro-choice crowd, which was predominantly female.
Referring to cases of women being raped, one anti-abortion protester called a woman’s decision to have an abortion “worse evil” than sexual abuse.
After several performances and a soundtrack featuring Beyoncé and Aretha Franklin, the group marched down Commerce Street, escorted by several uniformed and plainclothes Dallas police officers. The group turned onto South Harwood Street and headed back towards the square. Several restaurant patrons filmed the group and applauded during the march.
The protests across the country are sparked by fears that President Joe Biden has exhausted the executive branch’s ability to protect abortion rights. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration said abortion pills would become more widely available at pharmacies and mail-order. On Sunday, the White House also announced new actions that will consider new guidelines to support patients, healthcare providers and pharmacies who want to legally access or prescribe abortion-inducing drugs, no matter where the patient lives.
Also Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris held a rally in Tallahassee, Fla., to commemorate the anniversary of Rowe’s decision.