Not everyone was thrilled with U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel's ruling on part of the Texas abortion law on Monday, and some of the displeased are showing it with a protest.
Yeakel ruled on a section of the law requiring doctors administering abortions to obtain admitting rights to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic, saying the law violated the rights of abortion doctors to do what they think is best for their patients and would unreasonably restrict a woman's access to abortion clinics.
Obviously some people -- the other ones who turned out in Austin to demonstrate in favor of the state legislature passing the law over the summer -- are not wild about Yeakel's ruling, which Attorney General Greg Abbott has already sent to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, and the Houston version of those not pleased to see part of the abortion law struck down will be showing their displeasure with a protest at 11 a.m. Wednesday outside Planned Parenthood at 4600 Gulf Freeway.
Those scheduled to appear include District A City Councilwoman Helena Brown; Rep. Steve Toth, District 15; Courtney Abernethy of Movie to Movement; Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America; and Samantha Garcia, President of Celts for Life at the University of St. Thomas, with more anti-abortion-type representatives to come, according to Abernethy, one of the event organizers.
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"I personally wouldn't want to be cared for by a doctor who doesn't have admitting privileges to a hospital. This is about standards. It's not pro-life or pro-choice for me," Abernethy said.
She acknowledged that she can't speak to how other people slated to appear at the protest feel about abortions and the laws governing the practice (a.k.a. Helena Brown), but in Abernethy's case she said they are protesting about women's health. She's hoping the event will avoid the protest stereotype, too.
"I'm not a protestor. I don't even like protestors. That's not what this is. It won't be about anger; it'll just be about taking a look at the law and finding out exactly what is unconstitutional about it," she said.
Well, that's not how protests outside Planned Parenthood traditionally go, but who knows, there's a first time for everything.