Demonstrators gathered at Corpus Christi’s downtown Sunday evening to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The protest, one of many throughout the state and country, echoed with chants like “her body, her choice.” One woman passed around pens and paper so those who didn’t bring a sign could make their own. Drivers honked their horns as people waved signs and chanted on North Shoreline Boulevard.
Texas is one of 22 states making it a felony to perform an abortion. The state’s outright ban comes more than a year after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law prohibiting abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
When Shere Selenas, 58, heard of the Supreme Court’s ruling she was horrified for not only her daughter and four step-daughters, but for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“Over the last several years, politics have changed and one thing it’s taught me is what I considered my civic duty in the past, like voting at every election, is no longer enough. If I’m not happy with the way things are going, I have to act,” Selenas said. “I’m terrified for my grandkids. I got to choose. I chose life, but I got to choose.”
Gary Jeffress, 68, attended the protest to support his wife, who he said was outraged by the ruling. Jeffress has dual citizenship in the United States and Australia and has lived in Corpus Christi for more than 30 years.
“This is purely church interfering with state business in my opinion,” Jeffress said. “It’s not a problem in Australia. Why is America so obsessed with this?”
Marley Greiner, a longtime reproductive rights activist and executive chair of adoptee advocacy organization Bastard Nation, is not only protesting for the right to an abortion but for the futures of adoptees.
“There’s all these women who are going to have to hide their pregnancies and hide their births and they’re going to need protecting, so original birth certificates of adoptees are still going to be sealed,” Greiner said. “I mean, this is a lifelong thing. A child is a lifelong issue. It doesn’t just go away.”
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