Thousands of women and rights groups march across US in #StopTheBans rallies to oppose anti-abortion bills
In Washington DC, protestors gathered in front of the Supreme Court, chanting slogans urging that their reproductive right was their business. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Pete Buttigieg showed up to support the protest while many shared their own abortion stories
Thousands of women all across the country marched in solidarity on Tuesday to protest against the rampant rise in anti-abortion bills that hamper their reproductive and constitutional rights. Protesters gathered in at statehouses, town squares, and courthouses across the country and Canada at noon under the banner of #StoptheBans. In Washington DC, protestors gathered in front of the Supreme Court, chanting slogans urging that their reproductive right was their business.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Pete Buttigieg showed up to support #StopTheBans abortion rights protests in DC. Many shared their own abortion stories, among who was also Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Rep of San Francisco and Pennsylvania. She also said, "I am not ashamed. Neither should anyone else be. Those who treat women like chattel should be ashamed."
NOW, who also collaborated on the event, told MEA World Wide(MEAWW) exclusively, "NOW is proud to be part of today's nationwide Day of Action to Stop Abortion Bans. Our national team rallied at the Supreme Court and our chapter leaders across the country spoke at local events," said Toni Van Pelt, president of the National Organization for Women. "We strongly oppose the dangerous and immoral restrictions on abortion that are rolling out across the country. Lawmakers need to hear all of the grassroots activists that were out in the streets today. They need to hear and that we will not stand for these attacks on women. We will be sending that message loud and clear with our votes."
According to the event organizers, there is more to come through the week and this movement goes on till June 22, 2019. "Across the country, we are seeing a new wave of extreme bans on abortion, stripping away reproductive freedom and representing an all-out assault on abortion access. This is Trump’s anti-choice movement… and it’s terrifying, particularly for women of color and low-income women who are most affected by these bans," the website says, "We will show up to speak out and fight back against this unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women. Politicians shouldn't be making decisions best left to women, their families, and their doctors.
This Action Day under #StoptheBans is a collaborative effort among dozens of women's rights groups including ACLU, Advocates for Youth, AL Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Above All Action Fund, American Association of University Women, American Humanist Association,Black Women's Roundtable, Catholics for Choice, Center for American Progress, Center for Popular Democracy, Coalition of Labor Union Women among many others.
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