Last week, the state of Alabama passed the strictest abortion ban the country has ever seen. It will make nearly all abortions illegal in the state, including those for victims of rape and incest. The controversial new law also places a minimum 10-year prison sentence on any doctor who performs the procedure at any stage of a woman’s pregnancy.
In response, on Tuesday, May 21, abortion rights protesters have organized rallies that will take place in almost all 50 states—and Hillary Clinton tweeted advice on how we can join the #StopTheBans protests.
In the face of extreme abortion bans sweeping the country, we all have to stand up for women's rights.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 20, 2019
At noon tomorrow, join @PPAct, @NARAL, @OnwardTogether partner @IndivisibleTeam, and other groups to #StopTheBans.
Find an event near you: https://t.co/pE5pfz5tiA
The former Democratic nominee is referring to the 50+ organizations—including Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America—who are participating in #StopTheBans protests nationwide.
Just hours after the law was enacted on Monday, May 15th, Clinton, who has long been a supporter of abortion and reproductive rights in the U.S. and around the world, also called the ban an example of “appalling attacks on women’s lives and fundamental freedoms.”
The abortion bans in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Mississippi are appalling attacks on women's lives and fundamental freedoms.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 15, 2019
Women's rights are human rights.
We will not go back.
In another tweet, she added: “None of us should accept a future in which our daughters and granddaughters have fewer rights than we do. Choose a way to help, ask a friend to join you, and let’s get to work.”
None of us should accept a future in which our daughters and granddaughters have fewer rights than we do.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 15, 2019
Choose a way to help, ask a friend to join you, and let's get to work.
Though it’s unclear if she’ll attend any of the rallies, Clinton’s tweet and support are important. Her words mean a lot to all the women defending their bodies and fighting the relentless attacks on their reproductive rights.