BROWNSVILLE, Texas (Valleycentral) – More than 100 people gathered in Brownsville to protest abortion rights through the “Bans Our Bodies” rally. A movement that took place nationwide.
Some organizations present at the Brownsville rally were the Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice as well as Planned Parenthood.
Paola Saldaña, from the Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, said the right to abortion is part of women’s health care.
“Even though abortion is legal, it has never been accessible to the majority of our community,” Saldaña said.
According to Saldaña, women continue to struggle against barriers that will impact all women, including the younger generation.
“We also talk about their future,” Saldaña said. “We will continue to work on community education, especially the importance of voting.”[ortanceofvoting”[ortanceofvoting”
Sara Hinojosa-Parsons, a local mother, said she has stood up for several women, including her daughter Allie.
“Here representing my transgender daughter who, despite being an adult, can also take it out on her body,” Hinojosa-Parsons said. “It’s not that I’m against abortion, I’ve always been pro-choice.”
However, Sarah Luna, founder of RGV fights for life, said children and families are affected by abortion.
“The right to life is at stake and human lives are behind the abortion debate,” Luna said. “I don’t know where we have gone in history to tell women that they are not able to go through difficult situations, that they are not able to keep their child and have a prosperous future.”
As a future social worker, Luna said she will stand up for what she believes in to let women know they are not alone.
“Just know that you are not alone and there are resources available and there is always support and we are here for you,” Luna said.
Today, Texas is one of many states that does not support abortion. Women like Hinojosa-Parsons and Luna have said they will continue to fight for what they believe is right. A leaked draft from the US Supreme Court said justices could overturn the 1973 Roe V. Wade case that legalized abortion. If overturned, the states of the United States would decide their own abortion laws.