Fort Worth resident Melanie Quinn, 28, co-organized a march for women’s reproductive rights May 14 at the Tarrant County Courthouse, 100 E. Weatherford St.

“I’ve known so many people that are absolutely terrified of even the thought of getting pregnant — those who actively want children included — just because of everything going on,” Quinn said.

Quinn and co-organizer Ozzy Rose, 28, gathered on the steps of the courthouse with hundreds surrounding them in support holding signs that read, “Keep your laws off my body” and “No more wire hangers.”

On the east corner of the courthouse lawn, counter-protesters held signs that read, “Every child murdered by abortion is your neighbor” and “Where will you spend eternity?” A number of police officers walled the counter-protesters off from the crowd.

About 700 people supporting abortion rights marched around the courthouse as a display of solidarity. Speakers on the courthouse steps told their abortion stories. One speaker told the story of the three instances when she had to take abortions pills: medical complications and the inability to care for a child.

“Our plan is to keep fighting. Even if not for Roe v. Wade, then for health care,” Quinn said. “There’s so much room for improvement so why stop? We are not going to stop until America is the place it was supposed to be.”

The march was held a day after a protest opposing abortion took place in downtown Fort Worth. 

Both protests come after a leaked opinion draft suggested a potential overturn of Roe v. Wade, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling establishing a constitutional right to an abortion.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. He can be reached at cristian.arguetasoto@fortworthreport.org or (817) 317-6991.