This photo essay is the visually focused version of our written article about the October 2nd Women’s March in Los Angeles. To read the written piece, click here.
Crowds gathered on the streets of downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and North Hollywood on October 2nd to march in solidarity for the women of Texas. The marches were in response to the Texas Abortion Act, which was passed on September 1st.
A frontline protester marches for abortion justice in downtown Los Angeles, California on October 2, 2021. Rallies were held across the country in response to the Texas Heartbeat Act, which bans the provision of abortion services in Texas after six weeks of pregnancy. The march began in Pershing Square and ended in front of the steps of City Hall with thousands in attendance.
At the Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles, thousands of participants covered the streets with a sea of pro-choice images. Volunteers handed out bottles of water to participants walking from Pershing Square to City Hall on a warm October day. Feminist speakers from all areas stood on a large stage to address the crowd and the media who were sitting in metal panes parallel to the stage.
Carol Weiss, right, at the Sign Holding Event, a sister protest against the march organized by Women’s March at Beverly Garden’s Park in Beverly Hills, California on October 2, 2021.
Dr. Stephen Rabin, an obstetrician and gynecologist, organized a sign rally in Beverly Hills. Messages advocating reproductive rights were held up for cars passing the iconic Beverly Hills arch sign. Participants’ hand-made signs were held to send direct messages in hopes that the federal government would intervene.
All three demonstrations provided space for those to express their feelings about the Texan abortion law.
Speakers such as Paxton Smith and Gloria Allred spoke at the demonstrations in downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Smith, who was a senior at Lake Highlands High School in Texas, gave an impromptu speech that caught the nation’s attention. Allred is a feminist lawyer who advocates for victims whose rights have been violated. She has been fighting against injustice and for the rights of women and minorities for four decades. Allred is best known for her work, which Norma McCorvey – also known as Jane Roe in Roe v. Wade – and Nicole Brown’s family representing Simpson in the OJ Simpson murder trial.
“Before Roe v. Wade’s hands were tied to doctors by faith-based laws and they were not allowed to perform abortions. Patients had to take it into their own hands and thousands of women died as a result. We cannot and will not go back to the days when the only way to end pregnancy is to risk our lives … we are not vessels for procreation, we are human, and it is time we did be treated like this, “said:” The principles of this nation are liberty, liberty and equality. When a government crosses its borders, when a government turns its back on these principles, we will not be silent about it. “
The crowd waves to passing cars as they honk their horns in support of the Women’s March in North Hollywood, California on October 2, 2021.
Although there was no stage or sound system, the voices of North Hollywood protesters echoed down Vineland Avenue. Although the crowd wasn’t as big as the demonstration in downtown Los Angeles, the energy was equally filled.
There was a sense of unity under North Hollywood’s March for Reproductive Rights. The people marching the streets not only continued to spread the message of the day, but the smaller crowd – which reached nearly 500 participants – allowed for more interaction with the community. People who had never met before shared personal stories and discussed the implications of Texas’ abortion law.