Kerr County women gather to protest state's abortion ban

About 100 people protested in front of the county courthouse

Texas found itself squarely the focus of hundreds of women's marches and demonstrations across the country, including here in Kerrville.

At the corner of Sidney Baker Highway and Main Street, on the edge of the Kerr County Courthouse, about 100 demonstrators held signs protesting the Texas law effectively bans abortion through an unusual scheme allowing people to sue those suspected of having had or provided assistance to an abortion.

"I thought it was a trick," said Linda Smith of Kerrville about the law. "It's totally inappropriate. That puts neighbor against neighbor, and that's not what we're about."


As cars drove by, the protesters were greeted by many supporters, who honked and waved. There was a counter-protest by about a dozen anti-abortion supporters at the same corner later in the day.

The protest was loosely organized by women from the Unitarian Universalists Church and others and quietly announced to avoid possible counter-protests.

"We're involved in things in people's lives," said Rev. Phillip Schulman of Kerrville's Unitarian Universalists Church. "There's a lot of suffering represented here if you look at the signs. The coat hanger is probably the most evident."

The law is aggressively being defended by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. On Friday, a U.S. District Court judge questioned the appropriateness of the law during arguments between the state and the U.S. Department of Justice, which is seeking to stop the law. Ultimately, the Texas law is likely to be decided in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Abbott was the symbol of much of the protester's ire.

"Gov. Abbott, you claim to be a Christian — act like one," said Jo Eggleton. "Would you want your own reproductive rights taken away from you?"

In San Antonio, Houston, Austin and Dallas there were significant protests held and protests happened in an estimated 600 cities across the country.

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