Abortion rights rally draws at least 1,000 in downtown Portland

22 Mai, 2019, 04:24 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Abortion is among the most divisive political issues in the US and the doorsteps of abortion clinics nationwide have become the sight of daily standoffs between pro and anti-abortion rights activists

A federal judge in MS on Tuesday heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state's new fetal-heartbeart abortion law.

Rep. Terri Collins, the sponsor of the Alabama law, said the objective is to challenge Roe and added that Alabama lawmakers can come back and add exemptions if states regain control of abortion access.

Even some of the lawmakers in those states have admitted that their end goal is to put the issue - one of the most divisive in the United States - back before the nation's high court. Mazie Hirono was up, she told a story about speaking to eighth grade students who "get it", to whom she apparently spoke before returning to D.C. for the protest.

In the District of Columbia, progressive politicians and protesters declared they would fight tooth and nail to protect the Roe vs Wade decision.

"It would be absolutely devastating" if the ruling were overturned, said Michaela Masson, a 25-year-old working in government affairs in the U.S. capital. An ensemble band, with drummers, a trumpeter and trombone player, played before and after the rally.

"Abortion access is under attack", said the powerful American Civil Liberties Union, an organizer of Tuesday's demonstrations.

"The ACLU, on behalf of our millions of members, is proud to join today with our partners to fight these bans in court, on the street, and with our votes on Election Day", she told Al Jazeera. Our dissent is powerful.

"To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God", Ivey said in a statement after signing the ban into law.

Zak Butterfield, a 45-year-old father attending the rally in Washington, said: "I am not going to stay quiet".

Protesters nationwide gathered as the abortion debate intensifies nationwide.

That battle is now front and center in Alabama, which has three clinics.

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It is unclear if or when the Alabama law will take effect.

She recounted her decision to have an abortion in the past, saying it was a personal decision among her partner, her doctor and herself. It does not, however, penalize the mother. Governors in Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. Georgia became the sixth U.S. state to outlaw abortion after roughly six weeks of gestation.

Mr Trump, a Republican who opposes abortion, has seized on the issue as one likely to fire up his core supporters, although he considers the Alabama ban too restrictive because it does not make exceptions for incest and rape.

"I didn't protest before because it sounded so insane that I didn't believe it would pass", Borgwat said of Georgia's new law.

All of the state bans have either been blocked by a judge or are headed for the courts.

Alabama passed an outright ban last week, including for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, unless the woman's life was in danger.

But it can take years for the Supreme Court to hear a case, if it chooses to hear the case at all.

The hopes of anti-abortion activists have been lifted since President Donald Trump took office more than two years ago.

The Supreme Court now has a 5-4 conservative majority following two judicial appointments by Mr Trump.

"Maybe it's time", she said, referring to the possible repeal of laws that allow abortions.

"When I ran for governor, I said I was pro-life and so that's something that's consistent", Edwards said last week during a press conference.



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