Three pro-abortion protestors stripped down to their underwear to disrupt a service at a Texas megachurch on Sunday days after a leaked Supreme Court draft revealed a possible 1973 Roe v Wade overturning.
America has been divided over the decision, which could liberalize US abortion rules.
The activists from Texas Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights wore white sports bras decorated with green hand prints under their clothes. They entered the celebrity pastor Joel Osteen’s Pentecost service in protest against his remarks on abortion.
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Osteen, whose supporters include Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey and Oprah Winfrey, made it very clear that he’s opposed to abortion in almost all circumstances.
Just as Osteen was finishing a prayer, one woman stood and shouted “It’s my body, my f——- choice,” before slipping out of her dress.
A second, and then a third woman joined her as they started chanting “Overturn Roe, Hell no.” They also took off their outer clothing to reveal the customised sports bras.
Security guards hustled the protesters outside the 16,800-seat Lakewood Church. While leaving the building, they continued to shout pro-choice slogans.
Once they were outside, the three women were joined by more protestors, some of who were carrying green-painted banners that read “Forced motherhood is female enslavement” and “Abortion on demand and without apology”
One of the activists, Julianne D’Eredita, told reporters afterwards:”I know it seems very outrageous to do it in a church in a private space.
“However, the people that are enforcing these laws have no qualms coming up to women in private spaces such as doctors’ offices and medical clinics to harass them and call them murderers.”
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The overturning of Roe would almost immediately lead to stricter limits on abortion access in large swaths of the South and Midwest. Any state could still legally allow the procedure.
“The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion,” the draft concludes, according to reports. “Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”