Women’s rights events held across the Coastal Bend


Some residents of the Coastal Bend gathered Saturday ahead of the Supreme Court reconvening next week to show their support for a woman’s right to get an abortion. 

Women’s marches occurred across the United States with the focus of this year’s march on reproductive rights after new abortion laws were passed in Texas and other states.

“(This march) is important because not only do we need to show unity across the state and the country, but also here in Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend,” said Nancy Vera, president of the Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers and organizer of the event. “Women have a right to choose and make decisions.”

Protesters march along the Seawall ahead of the Supreme Court reconvening, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, as part of the Coastal Bend Women's Rights March. The Supreme Court will reconvene on Oct. 4.

Marches with protesters holding signs and carrying flags held in Rockport and downtown Corpus Christi were followed by a planned evening rally honoring Sissy Farenthold. 

“We need to fight for our rights,” Vera said. “We believe that the majority of women here in Texas support good healthcare for women.”

The decision to hold the downtown Corpus Christi march in front of the federal courthouse was made after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an emergency request to block Texas’s new abortion law.

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Protesters march along the Seawall ahead of the Supreme Court reconvening, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, as part of the Coastal Bend Women's Rights March. The Supreme Court will reconvene on Oct. 4.

Organizers also set up a booth along the downtown seawall where residents could register to vote. 

“We chose to have this demonstration outside the federal courthouse because we do not want Roe v. Wade overturned,” Vera said. “I am ecstatic with the turnout.”

According to Vera, about 150 people attended and marched in the demonstration in Rockport on Saturday morning. About 50 protesters participated in the march in downtown Corpus Christi. 



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