DALLAS – On Friday, women’s rights advocates converged on downtown Dallas and other parts of North Texas to protest the Roe V. Wade ruling.
A security fence has been erected around the Earle Cabell Federal Building. The windows were also condemned in advance.
But Friday’s protest remained peaceful.
Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion overturned Roe V. Wade, abortion rights activists marched through the streets of Dallas.
The Conservative majority court ruling removes a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion after age 50.
As the sun set, a few hundred frustration-filled people first gathered in Civic Park.
Susan Urrutia is a Rowlett Registered Nurse.
“I just needed to be with like-minded people for a while today,” she said. “My daughter is 19, and her reality is closer to my mom’s reality than I ever thought it could get.”
The mother feels defeated and disappointed.
Sitting on a nearby bench, a mother-to-be from Arlington fears her child’s future.
“I think that’s a unique perspective when it comes to pregnancy. That I chose that and everyone should be able to choose,” she said.
Also in the crowd panel with a sign in hand was Charlie Kenney.
“I’m pissed off, and I hope other people will be as pissed off as I am,” he said. “As a man, I want to stand up and protect women’s rights and draw the line who can make the decision for their own body. I trust women to do that.”
Abortion rights activists drowned out the noise as only a few counter-protesters stood on the outskirts.
Kimmy Robinson inevitably awaited the decision after the draft notice leaked last month.
“It was really awesome. I can’t believe this is happening. I was hoping something would turn out differently,” she said.
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Robinson is now standing in a protest she hoped would not happen, but strongly believes Friday’s protest will not be the end.
“Right to contraceptives, right to privacy in your marriage and who you marry. It’s much bigger than where we are today,” she said. “I will stay here and fight. I will be there.”
Several other events are planned for this weekend. There’s one scheduled for Saturday in Dallas at 10 a.m. and another in Fort Worth at noon at the Tarrant County Courthouse.