LAS CRUCES – In response to Texas Senate Bill 8 – which criminalizes abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected by ultrasound – Women’s March has organized rallies across the country, including in Las Cruces, in support of reproductive autonomy.
On Saturday 2nd October at 10 a.m. in front of Las Cruces City Hall, demonstrators for the right to abortion and reproductive justice will gather. Participants are encouraged to wear purple, cream, white, and / or black to show unity. Face masks and social distancing are also recommended.
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“Let us stand together to support women and others with wombs in Texas and prevent other laws from being passed that threaten our human right to physical autonomy,” the event website said.
Participants can register for the event online at womensmarch.com.
Texas law went into effect September 1st. However, the provisions of the law have raised objections. The ban can be implemented as early as six weeks of pregnancy – a time when many people do not know they are pregnant.
The law also gives enforcement powers to Texas citizens so that anyone other than law enforcement officers or government employees can sue anyone they believe will knowingly assist or facilitate an abortion. Those found guilty of violating this law are at risk of legal damages of at least $ 10,000.
The 1973 ruling of the US Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade found that the right to privacy contained in Amendment 14 also protects the right to decide whether to have an abortion. The court decided not to take action against Texas law when an appeal was filed.
The court will consider a law in Mississippi banning abortions after 15 weeks of gestation once the judges convene again in October.
Earlier this year, New Mexico lawmakers passed an abortion-ban law that is still on the books and updated state law with the Roe ruling.
The abortion justice rally takes place in Washington DC and more than 600 other locations across the country on Saturday. Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Cloudcroft, Silver City, and El Paso are all participating locations.
Leah Romero is the trend reporter for Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached on Twitter at 575-418-3442, [email protected] or @rromero_leah.