On Sunday Beto O’Rourke protested side by side with thousands of women that gathered at a Rally summoned after the overturn of Roe vs. Wade. The protest took place after the Supreme Court of the United States revoke the constitutional right to have an abortion and left the ruling to the states on Friday.
Texas is one of the 13 states that counts with trigger laws that will difficult and reduce the right to get an abortion within 30 days. According to the Washington Post, there are 8 states like Ohio or Wyoming that are likely to completely ban abortion. The big picture shows that half the country is feeling the uncertainty of state abortion bans.
And to prevent more restrictive bans, Beto O’Rourke encouraged abortion rights protesters to vote in the mid-term elections on November 8. His gubernatorial race with Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been tight since the beginning, but now more than ever the election is polarized by subjects such as abortion rights, migration, and gun control.
In his speech at the rally, Beto told the protesters he won’t allow the state to adopt even more restrictive measures, although the Texas Tribune stated that even if he wins as governor, he can’t stop the Texas legislature -mostly Republican- from banning abortion.
“Just imagine the shockwaves this will send if, for the first time in 32 years, Texas elects a Democrat as governor, a governor who won on the right of every woman to make her own decision.”
Texas hasn’t had a Democratic governor since 1994. Members of Planned Parenthood and other democratic politicians, including Texas attorney general candidate Rochelle Garza and lieutenant governor candidate Mike Collier talked at the rally.
“We have to focus on which we’re going to overcome this and ensure every Texas woman can make her own decisions about her own body, her own health care, and her own future. The only way to do this is to win political power. We must win on the night of November 8.” Stated Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke on an Instagram post.