(Photo credit: ACLU Utah)
Today more than 50 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and NARAL Pro-Choice America, are participating in #StopTheBans protests across the United States starting at noon. The planned protests are in almost all 50 states.
The rallies come after several states infamously passed draconian so-called “pro-life” bills last week that police women’s bodies and criminalize women’s healthcare by giving prison time to doctors who perform abortions.
Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, and Georgia have also passed “heartbeat” laws banning abortions at six or eight weeks, far before most women know they are pregnant. At six weeks, an embryo is not even a fetus yet, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Missouri and Louisiana could be next as states throw their hats into the ring in the hopes of one day challenging Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court to overturn the federal case that made abortions safe and legal.
Alabama passed the strictest abortion law in the country, making abortions illegal even in cases of rape and incest and giving doctors who perform abortions up to 99 years in prison.
But it could be years before Alabama’s law takes effect as it will surely face legal challenges as pro-choice organizations gear up to go to court and fight for women’s bodily autonomy.
Twitter is alive today with individuals, politicians, and organizations supporting the #StopTheBans protests.
Every dot on this map represents a different protest happening to #StopTheBans ✊
We’ll be joining marches from coast to coast in today’s national day of action. Politicians, take notice: If you come for our reproductive freedom, you’ll have to get through ALL of us. pic.twitter.com/5bPi8slYeJ
— ACLU (@ACLU) May 21, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren chimed in also:
We need to fight like hell to protect #RoeVWade and protect women’s rights to control our own bodies. Join @NARAL, @PPact, @MoveOn, and other activists for a day of action in all 50 states tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21. Find an event near you: https://t.co/QOzZZHnvI5 #StopTheBans
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 20, 2019