Women's Group Wants SheBelieves Soccer Tourney Out of Texas Over 'Stripping of Rights'

A major women's rights organization is calling for a soccer tournament to be moved out of Texas.

On Tuesday, the Women's March Foundation demanded that the SheBelieves Cup, an international women's soccer tournament, be moved out of the Lone Star State due to its recent passage of strict anti-abortion laws. The tournament is currently scheduled to hold its final game day in Frisco, Texas, on February 23. The first two matches are being held in Carson, California.

"We are asking US Soccer Women's National Team to move their #SheBelievesCup out of Texas," the group tweeted. "Texas should not be making money from women while stripping them of their rights."

The Women's March Foundation is a women's rights advocacy organization affiliated with the Women's March, an annual worldwide protest event first held in January 2017 on the day after the inauguration of former President Donald Trump. According to its official site, the group champions pro-immigration policies, criminal justice reform, voting rights protection, higher education for all, gun control, and more.

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The Women's March Foundation is calling for the SheBelieves Cup to be moved from Texas in response to the state's abortion ban. Above, the U.S. team celebrates winning the SheBelieves Cup at Exploria Stadium on February 24, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The SheBelieves Cup was first held in 2016, following the U.S. Women's Soccer Team's victory in the 2015 FIFA World Cup. Featuring the U.S. team and teams from three other nations, its stated goal is to inspire young women to follow their dreams both in soccer and beyond. This year, the U.S. will face off against teams from the Czech Republic, Iceland and New Zealand.

The foundation's call on Tuesday came a day after it shared an online petition for the tournament to be removed from Texas. As of Tuesday evening, it had 64 signatures with a goal of 100.

"On September 1, 2021, the United States Supreme Court effectively allowed Roe v. Wade to be overruled," the petition page reads. "This abortion ban is one of the greatest threats to women's rights in the United States in our lifetimes. Texas has created a new way to sidestep the Constitution and avoid judicial scrutiny. That means it could be replicated in state after state, preventing abortion access for millions of women across the country.

"The right to reproductive healthcare is at the foundation of women's rights in the United States, and we will do all we can to stop this affront to equality in Texas," it continued. "It cannot be business as usual in Texas until women are equal. We are demanding that US Soccer must pull the third SheBelieves game out of Frisco, TX to send a strong message to the elected officials that we will continue the fight for reproductive healthcare in Texas."

Newsweek reached out to U.S. Soccer for comment.