Abortion rights activists arrested for blocking street in Downtown Austin

Actvists with Abortion Rights Freedom Rider hold signs reading "Abortion on Demand and Without Apology."

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Nearly a dozen people were arrested on Wednesday afternoon for blocking a crosswalk in downtown Austin in support of abortion rights. The group, Abortion Rights Freedom Riders, staged the protest on 11th Street and Congress Avenue, near the Governor’s mansion.

According to the Department of Public Safety, some of the protesters were blocking a pedestrian crosswalk and when they were asked to move off of the street, they refused. A total of 11 people were arrested and charged with obstructing highway, a Class B misdemeanor.

In the past several weeks, the group has held several rallies in response the lawsuit against new Texas abortion restrictions.

“If these clinic closures go forward, women will die and the lives of millions will be foreclosed by forced motherhood. This is why we need abortion on demand and without apology,” says Riley Ruiz, an Abortion Rights Freedom Rider.

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