On Friday, June 24th, South Texans for Reproductive Justice, Planned Parenthood South Texas, and other organizations partnered to organize a Bans Off Our Bodies rally in front of McAllen City Hall. Together, they protested, passed out condoms, and shared information on abortion access and care to all who attended. In addition, seven days after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, STRJ distributed 618 morning-after pills across South Texas.
Following the news of WWH’s departure from their McAllen clinic, STRJ began a crowdfunding campaign to purchase the building. It was an attempt to preserve the history and importance of the clinic as a pillar for reproductive justice regionally. The goal to “create a center for the reproductive movement in the RGV, as well as a base of operations for the contraception program” was set, but the building was ultimately sold on the market.
On September 9th, Touching Infinite hosted a Benefit Show for Frontera Fund at The Dungeon. Derek, who runs Touching Infinite, shared his thoughts regarding the fundraiser, “After I heard about the overturning of Roe v. Wade, I wanted to do my part and thought, why don’t I let Frontera Fund collect the fee at the door instead of throwing a free party? Obviously, I was disgusted by the news, so I wanted to do whatever I could to help fund abortion.”
Musical acts such as Chicago’s Flores Negras and the RGV’s QueenKillahBee, Lil Duende, and Grim Figment helped spread the word and brought the crowds in support of abortion. Together, Touching Infinite and Frontera Fund raised $1,677 to help fund abortion access and reproductive rights.