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Scenes from the abortion-rights rallies across the US

By Johnny Simon
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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.

Here are scenes from around the US:

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Pro-choice protesters gather at the Supreme Court in Washington on May 21.
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Kristin Mink of Silver Spring, Maryland, who has a drawing of a wire hanger shaved into her hair, at the protest outside the Supreme Court on May 21, 2019.
Democratic presidential candidate  Kirsten Gillibrand addresses demonstrators outside the Supreme Court in Washington.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke
Women’s-rights advocates demonstrate in Philadelphia.
Reuters/Shannon Stapleton
Demonstrators protest new abortion restrictions, in New York on May 21.
AP Photo/John Locher
Karina Provost leads a chant during a rally in support of abortion rights in Las Vegas.
Julia Sands, center, cheers at a rally in support of abortion rights in Las Vegas.
AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)
Pprotesters at the Louisiana Capitol, where lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban abortion as early as six weeks, in Baton Rouge.
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
August Mulvihill, of Norwalk, Iowa, holds a sign during a rally at the statehouse in Des Moines.
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
Planned Parenthood executive director for Iowa Erin Davison-Rippey speaks at the statehouse in Des Moines.
Reuters/Aluka Berry
Pro-choice supporters in Atlanta, Georgia.
Reuters/Aluka Berry
Protestors in Atlanta.
Reuters/Karen Pulfer Focht
Activists in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.
Reuters/Karen Pulfer Focht
A pro-choice activist Dan Case protests in downtown Memphis.
Reuters/Lawrence Bryant
Protesters march in St. Louis, Missouri.
AP Photo/Eric Gay
Protesters at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas.
AP Photo/Grant Schulte
Supporters of abortion-rights rally in the statehouse rotunda on May 21 at the Nebraska Capitol in Lincoln.

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