On the second day of protests in downtown Dallas after the abortion order, a meeting for the vote

Written by Javed Iqbal

For second day in a rowHundreds of people gathered in downtown Dallas to protest the overthrow of Roe vs. Wade – but with less emphasis on emotions and more on action.

“It’s time to stop playing nice,” Kristy Noble, chairman of the Dallas County Democratic Party, rumbled over the speakers in Main Street Garden to launch “Rising Together Rally” Saturday morning. “We have to be evil, we have to be loud, and we have to fight for our rights.”

Noble was the first of many Saturdays to urge the public to vote – in elections at all levels. She quoted Dallas County statistics from 2020, when more than 400,000 registered voters did not show up. If anything is going to change, she said, they need numbers too.

“What we have to do is we have to go to work and get every single vote,” Noble said. “Talk to everyone you know.”

The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Dobbs vs. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization amended nearly 50 years of constitutional abortion protection and left it to states to establish their own abortion laws. In Texas and 12 other states, “trigger laws” will ban or almost completely ban abortions.

In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law which will ban abortion within 30 days after the verdict has become final for Friday’s decision, which could take several weeks. The law will make those who perform or assist in performing an abortion subject to a penalty of up to life in prison and $ 100,000 in fines.

A supporter of abortion rights raises a sign in front of a mural by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ...
A supporter of abortion rights raises a sign in front of a mural by former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a march in downtown Dallas on Saturday.(Elias Valverde II / Staff Photographer)

Calls for change

As the crowd marched down Main Street shouting “Vote him out,” several people wore “Beto for Governor” T-shirts and hats for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke.

“We need to focus on the way we need to overcome this and ensure that every Texas woman can make her own decisions about her own body, her own healthcare system and her own future,” O’Rourke said Friday. in a video. on Twitter.

“The only way to do that,” he continued, is to win in November. O’Rourke was in Houston on Saturday, working toward his goal of knocking on 30,000 doors to register more Texans to vote.

A similar sentiment was shared at a protest in front of the Tarrant County Courthouse in Fort Worth, that Fort Worth Star Telegram reportedwhere participants shout Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz and Justice Secretary Ken Paxton.

There were no counter-demonstrators in Dallas, but a small group showed up in Fort Worth.

“You’re killing innocent babies,” says one video posted by a reporter. “You repay the Lord with malice and murder.”

‘Far from giving up’

Elected officials and Democratic candidates came to show their support for a “Texas that turned blue,” including State Senator Nathan Johnson, D-Dallas. Johnson said the first person he called after seeing the news of Friday’s decision was his 16-year-old daughter, adding that he is “afraid of the environment she is heading into.”

“I do not really understand the environment where some people are more afraid that their daughter will compete in a court competition against a transgender child, but they are not about their daughter being forced to give birth to her rapist’s child,” he said. followed by a roar of applause from the audience.

Johnson said that while local and state elections are important, he believes nothing will move forward until there are significant changes in leadership at the federal level.

“We’ll have to do [abortion] a federal court, ”he said. “You have to vote for people who recognize it as a constitutional right. Don’t count on the courts, the people, the courts are gone.”

Supporters of abortion rights wear signs on stage behind a loudspeaker during a meeting in Main ...
Supporters of abortion rights carry signs on stage behind a loudspeaker during a meeting in Main Street Garden Park in downtown Dallas.(Elias Valverde II / Staff Photographer)

Shelby Miller, 52, said despite the disagreements from leaders on the best way forward, “everyone agrees that we should just act.”

“I feel like I have no choice but to do my best to turn the hesitant independents and the stubborn Republicans in a new direction,” Miller said.

Holds a sign that says “Why are we going backwards?” Miller was emotional about talking about the Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinionwhich called for the right to reconsider previous decisions protecting contraception and same-sex relationships.

As a queer woman, Miller said she is “tired of being horrified” but “far from giving up.”

“I can not change the Supreme Court. I’m only one person, ”Miller said. “But I know I can help change my neighborhood, my community and my city. If people on the other side of this want us to feel defeated, give up, make sure they do not get that from me. ”

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