The activists donned pink and teal shirts, then split into cars and were dropped off—frequently in pairs—to walk down preassigned blocks and knock on doors for the next few hours. Some of them had driven hours to be there, from cities like Austin, and would have to drive back that same night. The recent law didn’t drive the anti-abortion activists into the streets of Dallas on Tuesday. They were, technically, out knocking on doors to spread knowledge about a new campaign by Students for Life, called “Abortion-Free Cities,” which spreads awareness about resources for pregnant people. They only handed out the pamphlet about the new Texas abortion ban to people who specifically asked them about it.
“Since the government has let us down in many ways, the Texas heartbeat law really gives the power back to the people to enforce the law.”
The “Abortion Free Cities” Students for Life campaign is rooted in the idea that, very soon, Roe will be overturned, handing states the ability to regulate abortion as they see fit. And for activists like Zarr, the battle in Texas is, in large part, already won. While they plan to make sure more people know about alternatives to abortion, abortion opponents don’t even need to file lawsuits to enforce the new ban; abortion providers have already started turning away patients who show up too late for an abortion. A lawsuit could not only be a PR nightmare but also give providers a chance to challenge the law and, potentially, strike it down.The “Abortion Free Cities” campaign is already active in roughly 20 cities, Zarr said, and Students for Life hopes to expand to more soon. “This is the beginning of a really hopeful future where we end abortion and have a post-Roe America,” she said.
“This is the beginning of a really hopeful future where we end abortion and have a post-Roe America.”