Massive demonstration against new Texas abortion legislation held outside Brooklyn Borough Hall
Protesters gathered Thursday for a massive demonstration outside Brooklyn Borough Hall to call for an end to new legislation in Texas that put strict limitations on local abortion laws.
Gov. Kathy Hochul also rallied to protect a woman’s right to choose, sending a message that protesters hoped will be heard all the way in Texas.
Texas’ new legislation prohibits abortion after six weeks. The law went into effect on Sept. 1.
It offers no exceptions for abortions in the cases of rape or incest. It puts enforcement power in the hands of citizens of Texas, which allows anyone to sue abortion providers or anyone helping someone get an abortion, for upwards of $10,000 in civil court.
The representatives of Planned Parenthood in New York say their lines have turned into crisis lines.
On the federal level, the Supreme Court refused to block the Texas law, but the Justice Department called the legislation a violation of the U.S. Constitution and announced it would sue the state of Texas.