What the #StopTheBans Protests Looked Like Across the Country

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From Harper's BAZAAR

On May 21, people around the country protested six new restrictive abortion bans, taking to the streets and to social media with the hashtag #StopTheBans. The largest protest took place infront of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C., where a number of politicians and 2020 presidential candidates (like Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg) took turns addressing the crowds, advocating for better reproductive rights.

"This is the beginning of President Trump's war on women," Gillibrand said at the D.C. rally, NPR reports. "If he wants this war, he will have this war, and he will lose."

Pro-choice supporters were emboldened after Alabama passed a bill last week (which Governor Kay Ivey signed into law) banning nearly all forms of abortion in the state with no exceptions for rape or incest. It also makes the procedure a felony for doctors, who could face up to 99 years in prison.

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Alabama is one of six states that recently passed strict anti-abortion legislation. Days later, Missouri passed a bill banning the procedure at around eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exclusions for rape or incest. Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio recently passed "heartbeat laws," meanwhile Utah and Arkansas are voting on how late abortions should take place during a pregnancy, The New York Times reports.

Fueled by the wave of conservative bills challenging Roe v. Wade, which protects a woman's right to choose, protestors made their voices heard with rallies in the nation's capital and beyond. Demonstrations also bubbled up in Georgia, New York, Ohio, California, and even Alaska. Below are some highlights from the rallies across the country.

Washington, D.C.

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California

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Georgia

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Illinois

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Massachusetts

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Michigan



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Missouri

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New York

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North Carolina

Ohio

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Pennsylvania

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Utah

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