The new abortion laws push thousands of Americans to protest across the country

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22 May 2019 09:04:01

The pro-abortion rights activists, including the Democrats seeking their party's 2020 presidential nomination, gathered in the US Supreme Court in Washington to protest against new abortion restrictions passed by majority legislatures Republican in eight states.

Key points:

  • More than 50 organizations have participated in demonstrations across the country against the new abortion laws
  • The new laws amount to the most severe restrictions on abortion in the United States for decades
  • The protesters say they will fight to protect the Roe vs Wade decision of 1973 that established a woman's right to terminate the pregnancy

They have joined the thousands of Americans who have organized demonstrations all over the country to protest against the new laws, which represent the most stringent restrictions on abortion in the United States for decades.

The Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Cory Booker, urged the crowd in Washington to "wake up more men to join this fight".

The rally is one of the scores scheduled for Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union, the NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and other abortion rights groups.

The conservatives hope to overturn the sentence Roe vs Wade

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

Many of these laws are intended to raise legal challenges that religious conservatives hope will lead the nation's supreme court to overturn the historic 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling that established a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy.

Last week, the Alabama passed an absolute ban, even for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, unless the woman's life was in danger.

Other states, including Ohio and Georgia, have banned abortion in the absence of a medical emergency after six weeks of pregnancy or after the fetus has been detected, which may occur before a woman realizes she is pregnant.

Protesters outside the Supreme Court waved "We will not be punished" and "Protect legal and secure abortion" signs and were joined by the Mayor of South Bend in the Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, who is also competing for the 2020 nomination.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, another 2020 Democratic candidate, blamed what he called "outrageous bans" on US president Donald Trump.

"This is the beginning of President Trump's war on women," he told the rally. "If he wants his war, he will have his war, and he will lose."

Mr. Trump, a Republican who opposes the abortion, took the opportunity to dismiss his main supporters, even if he considers the ban on Alabama too restrictive because it does not make exceptions for incest and rape.

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

In Charlotte, North Carolina, opponents of abortion and defenders of abortion rights organized protests against the duel, which in some places were turned into a screaming match.

The new restrictive laws are contrary to the Roe vs. Wade ruling made more than four decades ago, which offered a woman the right to abortion until the moment the fetus was viable outside the womb, which usually it is placed at about seven months, or 28 weeks, but may occur sooner.

The bans have been supported by conservatives, many of them Christians, who claim that fetuses should have rights comparable to those of newborns and consider abortion as equivalent to homicide.

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

States fight the rules by saying that doctors can refuse abortions

Meanwhile, nearly two dozen states and municipalities have sued the US federal government to stop a ruling that allows medical doctors to refuse to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs.

The lawsuit in the Manhattan Federal Court asked the judge to declare the rule unconstitutional and said it was approved in an arbitrary and capricious manner.

The standard was issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and is scheduled to enter into force in July.

A spokesman for the federal government's lawyers refused to comment on the court proceedings.

ABC / wires

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reproduction-and-contraception,

abortion,

legislation,

pregnancy-and-childbirth,

rights,

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