Abortion rights activists lead more than 650 marches around the United States to protest restrictive bans
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As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider another restrictive ban, abortion rights activists are protesting across the country.
More than 650 marches are scheduled for Saturday, with the Women’s March kicking off their abortion justice rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, and marching to the steps of the Supreme Court.
“More than 120,000 people are ready to join us in more than 650 rallies across the country tomorrow, fight for justice in abortionWomen’s March Executive Director Rachel O’Leary Carmona wrote on Twitter on Friday. “This is how we send a message. Legislators, do not dare to deprive us of our freedom of reproduction. “
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The protests come as the Supreme Court prepares to meet again Monday to consider the plea from Mississippi lawmakers to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade from 1973, according to Reuters.
Last month, Texas enacted Senate Bill 8, the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Essentially eliminating the rights of Roe v. Wade, the bill bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which is before most people know they are pregnant. The bill does not allow exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest or rape.
By law, private citizens can sue abortion clinics they suspect of performing illegal abortions after six weeks, as well as anyone who assisted with an abortion, including driving someone to an appointment. yourself or by helping to pay the costs. If the lawsuit is successful, they will receive a minimum of $ 10,000.
Abortion providers in Texas have tried to stop the bill, asking the Supreme Court to issue an emergency block before it goes into effect. They argued that the law would “immediately and catastrophically reduce access to abortion in Texas, prohibiting care for at least 85% of abortion patients (those who are six weeks or more pregnant) and possibly requiring many abortion clinics to close.
The court voted 5-4 against the request, allowing the law to remain in force. The five judges who voted by a majority – Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett – explained their decision in a single unsigned paragraph, arguing that the request did not properly address “questions of complex and new prior proceedings ”in relation to the bill.
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“In particular, this order is not based on any finding regarding the constitutionality of Texas law and in no way limits other procedural challenges to Texas law, including in the courts of the State of Texas,” wrote the judges.
Last week, the House voted in favor of HR 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act, which effectively codifies Roe v. Wade, granting access to abortion to “anyone capable of becoming pregnant.” The Senate has yet to vote on the legislation.
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“This law aims to protect all those of suitable pregnancy – cisgender women, transgender men, non-binary individuals, those who identify with a different gender and others – who are unfairly harmed by the restrictions placed on pregnancy services. ‘abortion,’ the law said. States.