Denton demonstration rallies against abortion bill

Denton demonstration rallies against abortion bill

Denton demonstration rallies against abortion bill
July 01
21:22 2013

Melissa Wylie/Contributing Writer

A stream of orange t-shirts and protest signs circled the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square earlier this evening, as community members and UNT student organizations spoke against abortion restrictions currently being debated in the Texas Legislature.

“Women’s rights are under attack. What do we do? Stand up, fight back,” the crowd chanted as they paraded around the Square.

About 100 people attended the hour-long rally in protest of legislation limiting abortion clinics across the state. Starting at 6 p.m., activist group members, and non-activists, took turns using a megaphone to voice their opinions.

The Denton County Democratic Party, the International Socialist Organization, the Radical Alliance for Gender Equality, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and a group of community members took part in organizing the event.

UNT history senior Laura Hernandez, affiliated with the group of community members, said people need to be more informed because they hold the power to stop the bill from passing.

“I think it’s important that community members of Denton are involved in this movement,” Hernandez said.

Carrollton resident Mary Jackson said even though she is past child-bearing age, she feels the rally represented an important cause.

“The reason why I’m here is because of these student organizations and the next generation,” Jackson said.

Resident Amy Manuel also attended in support of a younger set of women.

“I want my children’s generation to have the same rights I have,” Manuel said. “All these people are here because they are passionate about this issue.”

Attorney Evan Stone spoke at the rally and works with the nonprofit organization Jane’s Due Process, which provides legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas.

Stone said the abortion bill has gained more attention than most bills because of the misrepresentation of the people by their senators.

“It does not reflect what the people want,” Stone said. “So few people actually vote for their state senators.”

Phyllis Wolper, chair of the Denton County Democratic Party, said Denton residents must vote in order to have a say in issues such as this one. The group had voter registration cards available.

Texas Women’s University student Nicole Trest said she attended the rally to have her voice heard and to help the issue gain awareness.

“A lot of us wanted to be in Austin today,” Trest said. “This is as close as we can get.”

Photos by William A. Darnell/Senior Staff Writer

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