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USAbortion rights advocates protest to 'stop the bans' amid rise of fetal heartbeat bills

07:19  22 may  2019
07:19  22 may  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Abortion rights protesters trying to stop a wave of severely restrictive abortion laws are flooding They also targeted lawmakers who recently passed a restrictive " heartbeat " abortion law with Abortion rights activist rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019.

Organize, advocate and vote." Some protesters carried purple signs that declared, " Abortion is a human right ." Among their chants: "No church/No Utah legislators recently passed a ban on abortions after 18 weeks but have agreed not to enforce the ban as a court challenge plays out.

Holly Nunn is expecting her first baby in September, so it was with a bright pink shirt and a protruding belly that she joined an abortion rights rally outside the US Supreme Court on Tuesday.

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Nunn was one of the many abortion rights supporters who gathered at statehouses, town squares and courthouses across the United States in a show of The Georgia protesters carried signs that read “ Stop the bans ” and “Don’t take away our care.” They also targeted lawmakers who recently passed

These bills essentially ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected, usually about six weeks into pregnancy, a time when many women do not yet know they are pregnant. Other state measures to restrict abortion rights have advanced in the South and the Midwest this year and invited legal fights.

"I'm here protesting today because no one should be forced to be pregnant when they don't want to be, and right now our right to make that most basic, fundamental decision is under attack," she said.

Nunn was one of the many abortion rights supporters who gathered at statehouses, town squares and courthouses across the United States in a show of opposition to a wave of laws attempting to sharply restrict abortion.

"We will not go back," protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina, chanted.

"My voice, my choice," protesters outside the Georgia state Capitol in Atlanta shouted.

More than 50 organizations -- including the American Civil Liberties Union and NARAL Pro-Choice America -- are participating in #StopTheBans protests nationwide. Rallies began taking place at noon local time in almost all 50 states.

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The Georgia protesters carried signs that read " Stop the bans " and "Don't take away our care." They also targeted lawmakers who recently passed a restrictive The nation's highest court decides which cases it wants to take. Fetal heartbeat bills . Georgia is one of the latest states to enact a so-called

Abortion rights advocates vowed to challenge the bill in court if it became law, a prospect that led The Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is “With our partners, we are working to stop this bill in the Senate,” she said.

"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," organizers said.

"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 Georgia protesters carried signs that read "Stop the bans" and "Don't take away our care." They also targeted lawmakers who recently passed a restrictive "heartbeat" abortion law with chants of "What do we do? Stand up, fight back!"

A number of Democratic presidential contenders joined the protests, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Washington.

"I stand in solidarity with those across the country to #StopTheBans," Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted. "We will fight with everything we've got to protect a woman's right to make her own health care decisions."

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" Heartbeat bills ", as the term implies, seek to make abortion illegal as soon as what anti- abortion supporters describe as a foetus ' heartbeat becomes detectable. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says the name is misleading, and that what is being detected is "a

As abortion opponents push the term “ fetal heartbeat ,” abortion rights activists are trying to galvanize support by focusing on the impact the recently passed bans can have on people’s lives. On a culture-war battleground where many Americans have already chosen a side, experts say, effective

Reaction to Alabama's restrictions

Last week, Alabama enacted the strictest abortion law in the country. It would make abortion illegal in virtually all cases, including cases of rape and incest. The new law says doctors who perform an abortion could face up to 99 years in prison, punishments similar to penalties for rapists and murderers.

But due to legal challenges, it could be years before Alabama's law takes effect -- if it ever does at all.

The 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in all states up to a certain point of viability. However, with President Donald Trump's appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the high court, anti-abortion advocates believe they may have enough votes to overturn that decision.

The Alabama legislation was designed specifically to go to the Supreme Court and challenge Roe v. Wade, said Eric Johnston, president of the Alabama Pro-Life Coalition, which helped draft the Alabama bill.

But it can take years for the Supreme Court to hear a case, if it chooses to hear the case at all. The nation's highest court decides which cases it wants to take.

Abortion-rights protesters descend on Supreme Court in wake of state bans

Abortion-rights protesters descend on Supreme Court in wake of state bans An influx of abortion-rights protests are converging on the steps of state capitols, town squares, courthouses across the country and the Supreme Court.

Fetal heartbeat bills

Georgia is one of the latest states to enact a so-called "heartbeat law," meaning virtually all abortions are illegal once a heartbeat is detected. That can be as early as six weeks, which is before an embryo becomes a fetus, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Several states already have passed similar laws, including Mississippi and Ohio. And more states, including Missouri and Louisiana, could soon enact similar "heartbeat" bills.

None of these states have managed to put the law into practice though, and they have often been struck down as unconstitutional in court. In January, for example, an Iowa judge struck down that state's heartbeat bill, and on Tuesday, a federal judge in Mississippi expressed deep skepticism about the legality of that state's heartbeat bill.

Also on Tuesday, the Nevada Assembly passed a bill that rewrites existing state abortion laws requiring physicians tell a pregnant woman about the "emotional implications" of an abortion. Instead, doctors are to only "describe the nature and consequences of the procedure."

Physicians would no longer have to certify in writing a pregnant woman's marital status and age before performing an abortion. The bill also decriminalizes certain actions related to performing abortions, abortion drugs, and abortion prosecution.

Abortion rights activists say these kinds of restrictive laws are attempts to end Roe v. Wade.

"We will show up to speak out and fight back against this unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women," organizers of Tuesday's protests said.

"Politicians shouldn't be making decisions best left to women, their families, and their doctors."

The National Right to Life -- the largest anti-abortion organization in the country -- said it is fighting a different kind of national wave.

"We bet you are frustrated. You are frustrated with the extreme pro-abortion agenda that seems to be taking over our country," Right to Life previously tweeted. It called for supporters to attend its national convention in July.

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