Stop Patriarchy, a pro-choice organization, held a protest in front of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Beach this Saturday.
Approximately 30 protesters stood in front of the church holding up coat hangers painted in red to represent the dangers of illegal abortions. The protests, which were coordinated to occur at the same time as ones happening at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, come at a time when anti-abortion legislation is starting to become popular.
Last summer conservative Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed into law HB2, a piece of legislation that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and restricts how doctors can administer abortions with medication. Since the law was passed abortion clinics have been forced to close, even in rural areas where abortion services are hard to come by, according to a Huffington Post article published in March. Today, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled that a controversial North Dakota law, passed last year, banning abortions after six weeks was unconstitutional.
Many pedestrians passing by were visibly uncomfortable with the imagery that the group was using to support its message. The women above, who wished to be unidentified, stopped and started arguing with the protesters.
“I’m catholic, and this is just inappropriate to do in front of a church,” she said to the line of protesters.
The protest, for the most part, remained peaceful, with the exception of the random person that stopped to argue with the group. A small amount of police were on site to make sure things didn’t get out of hand, however no arrests were made.