Pro-Choice supporters marched in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin on Saturday. Solidarity marches also took place in other cities in the United States
HOUSTON – Your calls could be heard all over the country.
Pro-choice supporters marched in major cities across the United States on Saturday, all calling for an end to the controversial abortion law in Texas, which critics argue that it hinders the constitutional rights of women.
In Houston, pro-choice supporters marched through the downtown streets. It was a similar sight in Dallas, San Antonio and Austin: Thousands of men and women gathered for one purpose – to vote for the right of women.
Padma Lakshmi, the famous TV presenter of “Top Chef”, stood on the steps of the town hall during the Houston’s Women’s March.
“My mother’s generation fought for the same things that we are fighting for now. It seems ridiculous that nothing has changed,” Lakshmi told KHOU 11 reporter Janelle Bludau. “I was 3 years old when Roe vs. Wade happened. I can’t believe I’m fighting for the same stuff, but we have to fight.”
During her speech, Lakshmi talked about how her mother made the difficult decision to have an abortion after her mother was seriously injured and unable to work in an accident.
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“At that time, not only could my parents not afford another child, but their bodies could not physically endure another pregnancy,” said Lakshmi. “It is out of love for me that you made the difficult decision of doing what was right for our family. Out of love for my mother and all families, I am here today, ready to fight. “
In cities across the United States, pro-life supporters held marches and protests over the weekend, with the Texan abortion law taking center stage.
The Texas Heartbeat Act prohibits abortions six weeks after pregnancy or as soon as the doctor can confirm a heartbeat.
The law, which is practically seen as a prohibition on the procedure, differs from previous anti-abortion laws previously passed in the Texan legislature. It gives private individuals the power to bring civil actions against those accused of inducing, performing, or assisting a woman to have an abortion.
Since the law went into effect, Governor Greg Abbott has signed another law tightening restrictions on abortion drugs. This law prohibits doctors from giving these drugs to those who are more than seven weeks pregnant.
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Lakshmi, who is currently in Houston filming the latest season of “Top Chef,” said she plans to march no matter what city she is in, Body.
“I hope people understand that it’s a personal decision. It’s a complicated decision, and basically it’s an individual decision,” Lakshmi told Bludau. “It’s a very dangerous place when the state starts telling you what medical procedures you can and can’t do. It’s a really scary place.”
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