United Nations 'very concerned' about abortion access after recent Alabama, Missouri laws

Escorts using umbrellas shield clients from the gestures and voices of anti-abortion activists standing on the sidewalk in front of the Alabama Women's Wellness Center Friday

Escorts using umbrellas shield clients from the gestures and voices of anti-abortion activists standing on the sidewalk in front of the Alabama Women's Wellness Center Friday

"And I asked the girls in that group of eighth graders: how many of you girls think that government should be telling us, women, when and if we want to have babies, not a single one of them raised their hands", she continued.

In Atlanta, protesters held signs reading "Our bodies, our choice" and "You, yes you: Run for office".

The rally is one of scores scheduled for Tuesday around the country by the American Civil Liberties Union, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and other abortion rights group. Rallies began taking place at noon local time in nearly all 50 states.

"We are seeing a new wave of extreme bans on abortion, stripping away reproductive freedom and representing an all-out assault on abortion access", organisers said in a statement.

"We are here to say, enough is enough", said Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic congresswoman who is running in the 2020 presidential election.

On Sunday, hundreds of marchers took to the streets in Montgomery, Birmingham and Huntsville to protest the abortion ban that Ivey signed into law. Bernie Sanders and Sen. It is part of a co-ordinated campaign aimed at prompting the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court to cut back or overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide and recognized a right under the U.S. Constitution for women to terminate pregnancies.

Last week, Alabama enacted the strictest abortion law in the country. The law provides no exception for rape and incest.

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

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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.

Each law would first have to make its way through the lower courts and then be chosen by the justices as a case to be heard.

But there is no guarantee that any of the laws recently passed, including the one in Alabama, will be taken up by the high court. 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. And more states, including Missouri and Louisiana, could soon enact similar "heartbeat" bills.

Washington state has a law in place that forbids the state from denying or interfering with a woman's right to choose abortion. A television set to a cable news channel aired a segment about Alabama's abortion law. Georgia Public Broadcasting's Stephen Fowler reports that activists focused on two messages: that abortion is still legal in the state, and that reproductive rights and maternal healthcare will be major issues in 2020. "All the states know what's at stake", she said as her primary point, referring to various state laws coming out, like with Alabama.

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

"We will march forward and demand that we get the universal rights for every woman and child in this country", Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said.

"We bet you are frustrated".

That prospect has energized protesters at Mississippi's only abortion clinic and made them more aggressive, with 100 people gathering on some days singing and waving signs- double the usual number, clinic owner Diane Derzis said.

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