Abortion-rights supporters across the US demonstrated today against a series of severely restrictive laws recently passed by state legislatures.
“Stop the Bans” rallies, organized by groups like Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, brought protestors to state houses to rally against laws like those enacted in Alabama, Ohio and Georgia in recent weeks. Several states and others have passed bills outlawing abortion after a fetus reaches six weeks, which can be before women even know they are pregnant. Alabama’s law outlaws abortion entirely, with no exception for rape or incest. Doctors who preform the procedure could be sentenced to as much as 99 years in prison. Donald Trump and many prominent Republicans have opposed the law.
At the steps of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC, several Democratic presidential candidates, including Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, and Pete Buttigieg, spoke to demonstrators. Demonstrators made their voices heard in public spaces and near the steps of statehouses in states, like Louisiana, that are currently debating new restrictions.