Walk for Choice Rallies Support for Women's Reproductive Rights, Squares Off Against Religious Counter-Protest

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Photos by Patrick Michels
Pro-choice demonstrators shout it out with religious abortion opponents downtown Saturday at the Walk for Choice. A slide show is here.
Some 200 pro-choice demonstrators -- some college-age, others old enough to recall protesting for abortion rights before Roe v. Wade -- turned out for Saturday's Walk for Choice in downtown Dallas, one of a few dozen in cities around the world meant to drum up support for Title X funding for women's health care providers, and protecting access to abortions.

After rallying up at JFK Memorial Plaza, the group took a few laps through the West End -- past out-of-town cheerleaders headed to the convention center, and, sadly, no one headed to the Furry Fiesta -- waving slogans such as "Trust women," "Stand with Planned Parenthood," and "Taking away choice is a Boehner move," before settling back at the plaza to take turns at a megaphone.

Planned Parenthood's Denise Rodriguez told the crowd that the mandatory sonogram bill working its way through the Texas Legislature now amounts to "state-mandated shame."

"This is about being able to plan your reproductive lives," she said, rallying support for the group's March 8 lobbying blitz in Austin, where, she said, they'll encourage lawmakers to "prioritize fixing the budget instead of shaming women in Texas."

A group of about 40 counter-protesters stood across the street most of the time, occasionally chanting back or reading aloud from a Bible. After a while, they crossed the street and the two groups shouted back and forth across the battle lines, one side chanting, "Abortion is murder of innocent children," while the other fired back, "Keep your rosaries off our ovaries."
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Local Walk for Choice organizers Logan Haynsworth, right, and Brit Schulte.
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busterkeaton
busterkeaton

The nerve of someone marching around with an "I love cupcakes" sign...what's next folks marching downtown demanding the right to marry their goat!

BJ
BJ

It was fun, but I'm not sure what it accomplishes to have two groups of zealots screaming at each other. (One of the antiabortion counterprotestors asked -- well, yelled -- if my mother knew where I was; of course she did, she was right there.)

This part kind of got lost in the shuffle -- the idea behind the rally was to support Planned Parenthood, for whom abortions aren't a goal in and of themselves. The idea is to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I'm not sure the women in the last pic have any chance of getting pregnant. What "anaconda" does she have anyway?

Joshua
Joshua

All women protesting activists are fat dumptrucks with dirty hair and smelly tennis shoes.I cannot imagine what their underwear must do to a washing machine.....even OxyClean isn't strong enough to kill the odors.

Joshua
Joshua

Waiting for the Big Pull-Out-at-the-Last-Moment walk for preventing abortion as a requirement anyway.....ought to get a massive outpouring .....

Jd
Jd

Each year almost half a million black babies are lost to abortion? Thank goodness Obama was not thrown in the trash.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

I believe life starts at erection. After that, they are on their own.

JJforLife
JJforLife

I find it interesting that this "pro-choice" protest by some 200 folks merits two different posts on Unfair Park, and that the "pro-life" protest on January 22, 2011, attended by several thousand folks, merited none. The Observer regularly takes the Morning News to task for letting its agenda color its reporting, but is that not precisely what we see here.

glynn
glynn

I was there with my 5 year old and my 2 year old and one of the counter protesters asked me if was was going to take my kids to go be aborted after the rally..... I found that to be a rather odd question.

MattL1
MattL1

Nice job. Sorry I missed it.

Rob
Rob

I disagree with every sign up there...except for the cupcake one...they're delicious!

heavy metal church lady
heavy metal church lady

So, Joshua, are you saying only females who meet your standard of sexual attractiveness should be allowed to have an opinion? Can we please see a picture of you--in a Speedo, of course-- so that the female readers may make similar evaluations of you?

Joshua
Joshua

"Lost to Abortion" sounds more like some kind of TV Reality program. Did you mean vaccuumed out of the womb like a hunk of irrelevant phlygm by some totally disinterested Med School produced morally handicapped vivisectionist? And, anyway...any baby that is dead turns black pretty soon.

Obama did not have to be thrown into the trash....he moved there and settled in for life. It is in his SOUL. Trash for the PEOPLE!!

jfpo
jfpo

Indeed, how can you take away women's reproductive rights when you don't get the proper press coverage? What a cross you must bear.

Joshua
Joshua

Go look at your kids really close in the face...maybe they are saying "your baby be ugly, honey"

Coleman
Coleman

gee, imagine that! pro-life people are tactless retards!

S. Peterson
S. Peterson

It's not a baby. It's a fetus. And, it is my belief that what is inside someone else's body is none of your business. Worry more about all the hate and meanness that is inside your body.

Gary
Gary

Hey, no one is taking away their right to say no to sexual reproduction. "Reproductive rights" is your right to say no.

Pappy teh Protester
Pappy teh Protester

Yay for media bias as long as it fits our agenda! Oh, and Fox News sucks cuz they're right wing shills.

Joshua
Joshua

WHAT? Women have reproductive rights??? Sounds like a Xerox machine to me.

eyeroll
eyeroll

"tactless retards"...nice to see civility exists from both sides.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

@Givemeabreak: And yet we have a logical disconnect: major pro-life groups despise the use of birth control and effective sex education as well. How many times must we see that the abstinence-only programs mandated by several states do not work? Abortions would probably be significantly reduced if only every teenager was given a comprehensive sex ed program, and all women had control of their own bodies. The only ones with "hate and meanness in their bodies" are the ones who refuse to acknowledge a woman's right to decide what she wants.

Givemeabreak
Givemeabreak

I'm a mother of 2 children, and I am SO sick and tired of the pro-choice groups saying "it's my body, let me do what I want." A fetus is NOT a part of a woman's body like her appendix. It's a separate living organism with separate DNA. It has a heartbeat at 3 weeks. Just because it cannot survive outside of the womb until the 3rd trimester (or earlier, thanks to medicine) does not mean it is not a living human being entitled to legal protection. The CHOICE is use contraception or don't have sex. The people with hate and meanness in their bodies are people who take the lives of innocent unborn children. The only people who support abortion are people who were given a chance to be born.

Coleman
Coleman

Whole Wheat, of course. Need that fiber, yo.

Joshua
Joshua

You have a THING for diaper burgers? Hmmmmm. Whole wheat or white bread for that poop sangwich?

Coleman
Coleman

Yeah, they have the right to reproduce me a couple of sammiches in the kitchen!

Daniel
Daniel

People on the left are uncivil Libtards, with all their puerile name-calling.

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