Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Crowds rally against abortion bans at US Supreme Court

Crowds rally against abortion bans at US Supreme Court

Are you still seeing patients? They lift restrictions on late-term abortions and require private insurance plans to cover abortion services.

Andrea Young is Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, which recently passed a law restricting access to abortion.

May 15: Alabama's governor signs a bill banning the use of "any instrument, medicine, drug or any other substance or device (intended) to terminate the pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant" at any point after conception, even in cases of rape and incest.

Women who came through the doors held hands with loved ones or curled into chairs as they waited. Before appearing at the event, Klobuchar spoke out on the Senate floor against the coordinated attacks on abortion. Some patients drove from MS and other neighboring states because of a shortage of clinics.

The bans have been championed by conservatives, many of them Christian, who said foetuses should have rights comparable to those of infants and view abortion as tantamount to murder.

Thank you notes from patients, sent on cards or written on yellow and blue sticky notes, dot a bulletin board in the clinic. Other states, including OH and Georgia, have banned abortions absent a medical emergency after six weeks of pregnancy or after the fetus's heartbeat can be detected, which can occur before a woman even realizes she is pregnant. And on Friday, May 17th, The New York Times reported that Missouri joined the fray by banning abortion after eight weeks. None of the laws has taken effect, and all are expected to be blocked while legal challenges work their way through the courts.

Many anti-abortion rights advocates, expecting the restrictions will be challenged, want the Supreme Court to revisit the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling which legalised abortion. Forty-three percent of rape victims who aborted said they felt pressured or were strongly directed by family members or health workers to abort.

"This could me immediate jail time for women and their doctors", she said.

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However, some pro-life groups sent statements to Denver7 saying this is about protecting life, not limiting women's rights.

Conservative Republicans in more than a dozen states have recently passed, or are soon aiming to pass, more restrictive abortion laws.

Ashley Buck, 30, a waitress from St. Louis, held a cardboard sign that read, "I'm a Pro-Choice Mom" on one side and "Ask Me About My 2 Abortions - I Am Not Ashamed" on the other.

Abortion opponents disputed the claim that protesters were more aggressive because of the new state laws and push to overturn Roe v. Wade. Every person who can get pregnant should be able to make their own decisions about their bodies, and we'll continue to fight until that's the case.

"My parents were willing to let me ditch today because I am super passionate about this topic, " the high school junior said.

The highly restrictive law only allows exceptions "to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother", for ectopic pregnancy and if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly". It seeks jail terms of between 10 and 99 years for doctors performing abortions, which are counted as homicides.

"Hopefully bystanders were also moved", said Reed, "and knew we were here".

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