AUSTIN, TX: On Tuesday, September 7th, students at UT held a protest against the heartbeat bill, a Texas law that restricts abortion, after the Supreme Court refused to enjoin the law last week.
At about 5:00 P.M., a couple dozen protestors gathered in front of the Tower and gave speeches in support of access to abortion and their disapproval of the Texas government, particularly Governor Greg Abbott, with the majority of speakers ending with the slogan “F—k Greg Abbott.” The protestors also had a wide variety of signs and chants expressing opposition to the Heartbeat Law.
At around 5:30 P.M., protesters began marching down to the Texas Capitol building, where they remained for several hours. The protest appears to have remained entirely peaceful.
This protest comes as tensions escalate in the wake of the heartbeat bill going into effect. While many states have passed similar heartbeat bills, the Texas bill, due to its unique legal structure, is the first to go into effect.