Public is welcome to register online and join others across the nation protesting restrictive abortion legislation
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 2, 2021 — In response to controversial legislation recently passed by Texas lawmakers that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, ATX Women’s March on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, will welcome women’s rights supporters for a march through downtown Austin, Texas.
The march will begin at 9 a.m. at the Capitol building in downtown Austin. Attendees should plan on gathering at 8:30 a.m. under the Cobra Kite. Featured speakers include former Texas State Senators Wendy Davis and Kirk Watson
“We encourage anyone – men, women, and nonbinary – to join us at the ATX Women’s March on Saturday morning,” Kim Taylor, ATX Women’s March organizer, said. “Recent legislation in Texas has created a national outcry for women’s rights, and people will be marching in every state to share their support.”
Members of the public are encouraged to register for the march online as soon as possible, even if they cannot attend in person.
Earlier this year, Texas lawmakers passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the U.S., known as Senate Bill 8 that went into effect in September. The restrictions set out in the law create a near-total ban on reproductive rights for Texas citizens and has created a national debate on women’s rights.
“We want our state lawmakers to understand that their recent attempts to restrict women’s rights and access to basic human rights will not be tolerated. We hope this march and others will help politicians reevaluate their positions, and whether or not they are truly representing the interests of their constituents,” said Susan White, an ATX Women’s March participant.
What to know if you attend
Plan to arrive at the Capitol at 8:30 a.m. – the march will begin at 9 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring drums or music makers to help make their voices heard.
Click here for a link to reserved parking near the Capitol here. Free parking is available at the State Building located at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd., and in street spots designated with a “P” for parking.
Alternatively, use the Cap Metro Park & Ride. For the month of October all rides are free. Input your location to find the best route to the Capitol on Oct. 2. Routes 801, 803, 1, 3, 20, and 18 will bring you to the Capitol.
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Media Contact: Patty Stephens