Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., speaks at an abortion-rights rally at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. It was part of a day of action nationwide to protest a wave of state laws restricting abortion.
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Last month, thousands came out to protest the abundance of anti-abortion bills that have been recently passed. More than 400 #StopTheBans protests took place across the country on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
Politicians must not interfere in the most personal and difficult medical decisions women face. The recent passage of restrictive, cruel and unconstitutional laws cannot stand. Reproductive care is health care. #StopTheBans
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) June 2, 2019
This year, eight states have already passed restrictions on abortions. Several are pushing for so-called “heartbeat bills” that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which happens around 6 to 8 weeks (before many women even realize they are pregnant). Alabama has criminalized nearly all abortions and the only clinic offering abortions in Missouri is at risk of being shut down.