Chicagoians are protesting against Texas abortion law

About 150 abortion rights activists rallied in the loop Friday afternoon, denouncing the new Texas law banning most abortions after about six weeks.

“The center of it all is that abortion is health care,” said Amy Whitaker, chief physician at Planned Parenthood in Illinois, who said they have already seen patients from Texas travel to Illinois to seek care. “Abortion is essential.”

Organized by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, the “Bans Off My Body” rally in Federal Plaza attracted nearly 20 anti-abortion counter-protesters.

“We celebrate the fact that Texas has passed the law banning abortion after detecting heartbeats,” said Ann Ritter, with the Pro-Life Action League. “It’s a step in the right direction.”

There was a brief but tense confrontation between opponents and supporters of Texas law as abortion rights activists chanted, “My body, my choice!” while counter-protesters held placards that said, “Abortion takes a human life.” No arrests were made.

As counter-protesters gather behind him, Jerald Kluting comes across a sign during the protest.

As counter-protesters gather behind him, Jerald Kluting comes across a poster during the “Bans Off My Body” protest Friday afternoon in the federal loop square.
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Jessica Droger, a quarterback for Indivisible Chicago, is asking pro-life activist Emily Iverson to step aside during the “Bans Off My Body” rally Friday afternoon at Federal Plaza in the loop.

Jessica Droger, a quarterback for Indivisible Chicago, is calling on anti-abortion activist Emily Iverson to step aside during the “Bans Off My Body” rally Friday afternoon at Federal Plaza in the loop.
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(From left) Cook County Board Commissioner Donna Miller, Stacy Michelon and Laura Tucker sing during the rally

(Left) Cook County Board Commissioner Donna Miller, Stacy Michelon and Laura Tucker sing during the rally “Bans Off My Body,” denouncing Texas’ new law banning most abortions after six weeks, Friday afternoon at Federal Plaza in the loop.
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Mary Ann Cronauer, a member of the Pro-Life Action League, has an argument with a marshal during the rally

Mary Ann Cronauer, a member of the Pro-Life Action League, has an argument with a quarterback during the “Bans Off My Body” rally Friday afternoon at Federal Plaza in the loop.
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More than 150 opponents of Texas' new abortion law and nearly 20 counter-protesters gather for rally

More than 150 opponents of Texas ’new abortion law and about 20 counter-protesters gather for the“ Bans Off My Body ”rally Friday afternoon at Federal Plaza in the loop.
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A member of the Illinois Handmaids has a sign while Rita Sweeney, a member of the Pro-Life Action League, calls attendees during the rally

A member of the Illinois Handmaids has a sign while Rita Sweeney, a member of the Pro-Life Action League, calls attendees during the “Bans Off My Body” rally Friday afternoon at Federal Plaza in the loop.
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