San Antonio activists hosting rally against 'heartbeat bill' at Planned Parenthood
Local activists are hosting a rally against Texas' "heartbeat bill" next week outside a Planned Parenthood location in San Antonio. During the Texas Legislature session in May, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 8 , which prohibits abortions as early as six weeks in Texas – before some women know they are pregnant. The bill does not make an exception for survivors of rape or incest who become pregnant. It only allows an exception for a woman suffering from a medical emergency. The law takes effect in September. "I was really shocked," Yajaira Montor, a 24-year-old nurse and member of Be The Change, Texas, tells MySA about the bill. "It made me realize that this is exactly why we need to vote. To know that women who are raped can't have an abortion once they hear the heartbeat in Texas is wrong, and it's what really pushed me to start this rally." Be The Change, Texas plans on hosting its rally from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 25, on the sidewalk outside of the Planned Parenthood on 2140 Babcock Road. Montor says they decided to have it at the clinic to help bring awareness of the bill and why it needs to be overturned. She added it's also to show support to Planned Parenthood – a company where pro-lifers show up almost every day in front of its facilities. "We want to share why abortion should be legal and why they are necessary," Montor says. "Women may choose to have an abortion if they are not financially stable, if the pregnancy was a result of rape, if they are in an abusive relationship and if they are in high-risk pregnancy, and many more reasons. We don't want to challenge those pro-life people but instead spread awareness on why legal abortions are needed." As a nurse at a rehab facility in San Antonio, Montor says she respects and understands those who make decisions in their medical life based on their religion. However, she added, pushing a religion on others and making the choice for women who want an abortion is wrong. "That's a women's choice," she says. "We all have different cultural beliefs, and that's OK. I think we should be able to be diverse in our community and not push one thing onto others." For more information on the rally, visit bethechangetx on Instagram .