COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Abortion rights supporters held rallies at the U.S. Supreme Court, statehouses and other sites across the nation Tuesday to oppose tough abortion bans being enacted this year in Midwestern and Southern states.
Organizers dubbed the endeavor the “National Day of Action to Stop the Bans.” Thousands of people attended events that took place in all 50 states.
About 200 people rallied at the Statehouse In Columbus chanting, “we will not go back” and “women’s rights are human rights.”
Ann Harr of Gahanna called it a sad time for America. “It’s one thing to say you have to birth this baby,” Harr said. “It’s another thing to say we will help you raise it and that’s just not there.”
Rep Stephanie Howse, a Democrat from Cleveland said that while a majority of the General Assembly approves of the Heartbeat Bill, a majority of the public does not. “We may be outnumbered in the legislature but we can speak and we know we are here for thousands of Ohioans who believe that abortion should be safe and legal here in Ohio and it is a constitutional right for families,” Howse said.
The mobilization comes in response to a near-total ban on abortion recently signed into law in Alabama, as well as bills enacted or nearing passage in Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia and Louisiana aimed at banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
None of the laws has taken effect. All will likely be blocked while legal challenges play out.