AUSTIN -- Eleven people were arrested in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion Wednesday during a protest following a pending lawsuit against the new Texas abortion restrictions, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
A protest organized by the group Stop Patriarchy had gathered at 11th and Colorado streets around 4:00 p.m. when they blocked 11th Street while standing in the crosswalk, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
DPS troopers, along with APD and the Travis County Sheriff's Office, asked the group to move. The group refused to move, and they were arrested. The arrestees were taken to Travis County Jail.
Each person is charged with obstructing highway or other passageway, a class B misdemeanor.
Mary Lou Greenberg with Stop Patriarchy said the protesters' actions were a purposeful act of peaceful civil disobedience, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
House Bill 2 passed last year. It requires all Texas abortion facilities to meet operational standards, similar to a hospital, by Sept. 1. The lead plaintiff in this case is Whole Women's Health. Its Austin location closed earlier this month because it couldn't afford the ambulatory surgical center needed to stay open.