Comal County Young Democrats headed to New Braunfels Main Plaza yesterday to express their outrage after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, effectively banning abortion in states like Texas.
Twenty-two-year-old Kit Noel, who serves as the group’s media director, said up to 60 people joined the protest and the reaction from passersby was overwhelmingly positive.
The group was part of spontaneous nationwide protests. Thousands took to the streets Friday after the court’s ruling was announced.
“Basically, we wanted to express our opinion now and we didn’t want to wait,” she said after older Comal Democrats advised waiting until the weekend. “This is affecting us now. A lot of us were mad, a lot of us were devastated, a lot of us were scared and so it was definitely an act of passion.”
Noel said she has cystic fibrosis and is petrified about what an unplanned pregnancy might mean for her medical condition.
She also worries about the many Democrats in Comal County who are afraid to reveal their political identity in a mostly “red” area.
Now is the time for them to act.
“I definitely think we’re not done talking about the issue of abortion and we’re going to funnel that energy into making sure people vote blue in November,” Noel said. “Unfortunately that is our only shot to change this.”
Tuesday, Young Democrats of Comal County will return to the Main Plaza for a vigil honoring the students and staff who died at the mass shooting in Uvalde on May 24.
They plan to share photos of the dead and several pastors will speak. A band will perform.
“All in all it’s going to be a peaceful, calm night to pay our respect to those who were lost,” she said.