Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Tulsa on Saturday, joining a nationwide protest for women’s reproductive rights and access to abortion.
Sporting placards, banners and even a flag with illustrations of female reproductive organs, the crowd shouted at lawmakers to protect abortion rights which supporters say have been besieged by conservative-ruled states.
The Women’s March to Mobilize and Defend Reproductive Rights precedes the start of a new term for the U.S. Supreme Court, which could determine the fate of the landmark Roe v. Wade of 1973 which protected the rights of women to abortion.
“Hundreds of protesters have come out in solidarity against a recent aggressive abortion ban that was implemented in Texas,” said Heather Palacious, vice president of community relations and strategic partnerships for Planned Parenthood Great Complain. “So it was a way for our community to come together and send a very clear message to the Supreme Court that these bans on our bodies will not be tolerated.”
Texas’ new law, which came into effect on September 1, contains no exceptions for cases of rape, sexual abuse, or incest.
The Department of Justice recently sued Texas over the new abortion law known as SB 8. The Department says the law is unconstitutional and violates the supremacy clause as well as the equal protections offered under of the 14th Amendment.