An abortion rights activist interrupted a Sunday service by stripping down to their underwear and shouting slogans in support of women’s right to choose!
On Sunday, three women from the Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights group staged a protest in Houston, Texas, which is the megachurch run by Joel Osteen, who was preaching himself when the activists launched their protest. The group, who are fighting to protect reproductive rights, stripped down to their underwear during the service and chanted slogans in support of a woman’s right to choose. Video footage was captured of the trio standing up in the middle of the service and taking off their clothes, revealing outfits of white underwear below with handprints on the bras and red paint staining the bottoms between the legs.
The women, wearing pink underwear and covered in green handprints, shouted “My body, my f*****g choice!” and “Overturn Roe, hell no!” before being escorted out of the church by security.
Despite the disruption, Osteen continued with his sermon, ignoring the protest as though nothing could interrupt his message from God. However, the activists were determined to make their voices heard and continued their protest outside of the church. They continued their demonstration in front of the megachurch, explaining their actions to crowds and cameras and speaking out against the presumed impending end of Roe v. Wade as well as Texas’ anti-abortion SB8 law.
“We’re here today to break the silence and stand up because Christians are not afraid to bother us at healthcare clinics, at doctor’s offices. Why the f*** wouldn’t we bother you in your own home where the laws are coming from?” one of the protesters declared.
Osteen is well known for being one of the most egregious examples of a wealthy megachurch preacher. Osteen’s megachurch attracts thousands of visitors every week and receives millions of dollars in donations. The pastor made headlines in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey when he initially refused to offer his church as a temporary shelter for the city’s homeless population but later changed his mind.
The three women who protested on Sunday face trespassing charges, but the group has vowed to continue their protests at churches and other public places until reproductive rights are restored in the United States.
“Everywhere the government is trying to take away our reproductive rights, we will be there to fight back,” the group said in a statement. “We will not be silenced. Our bodies are our own.”
The protest comes as the American Supreme Court looks to overturn Roe v Wade, a landmark decision that legalized abortion in the United States. The potential repeal of this decision could have far-reaching consequences for women’s reproductive rights across the country.
In a show of solidarity, supporters of the Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights group have taken to social media to voice their support for the protesters and call for an end to government control over women’s bodies.
“Women deserve the right to choose what happens to their own bodies,” one Twitter user wrote. “The government has no place interfering in this decision.”
As the fight for reproductive rights continues, it remains to be seen whether the Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights group’s protests will have any impact on the Supreme Court’s decision. However, their message has certainly been heard loud and clear, and the fight for women’s rights is far from over.
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