May 17, 2019 / Press Releases

National Advocacy Organizations Announce STOP THE BANS Day of Action

Groups mobilize following wave of extreme bans on abortion sweeping the U.S.

For Immediate Release: May 17, 2019
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The movement for reproductive freedom and justice is ramping up following Alabama’s passage of a total ban on abortion this week, and as a wave of other extreme laws stripping reproductive freedom sweeps the country — from Georgia to Ohio to Missouri to Texas. On Tuesday, May 21, national, state and local organizations will hold a National Day of Action to Stop the Bans, with other events throughout the week. The growing list of participants includes All* Above All Action Fund, ACLU, EMILY’s List, Indivisible, MoveOn, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, UltraViolet and Women’s March.

The groups will organize and mobilize their members and activists in all 50 states to host and attend actions outside of state capitols, in town squares, courthouses, and elsewhere.

This day of action comes at a critical juncture in the fight for reproductive freedom and justice, as anti-choice politicians push laws infringing on personal decisions that should be left to women and their doctors, compounded by Donald Trump’s stacking of the Supreme Court and federal judiciary with justices who are hostile to Roe v. Wade.

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Additional background:

  • Last Tuesday, Alabama’s Senate passed a total abortion ban, which will send doctors to prison for up to 99 years and is explicitly designed to overturn Roe v. Wade. And before the bill’s ink was even dry, Republican Governor Kay Ivey signed it into law, saying it is the “best opportunity” for Roe v. Wade to be revisited.
  • Days ago, Georgia’s governor Brian Kemp signed into law a bill that makes abortion illegal before many women even know they’re pregnant, could throw doctors in jail, and could lead to women being investigated for a miscarriage.
  • Also this week, Missouri’s Senate passed a bill that bans abortion at nearly every stage of pregnancy.
  • Meanwhile, Ohio is considering legislation that would put politicians between a woman and her doctor in potentially life-threatening situations — and that was after already passing one of the most restrictive bans in the country.
  • This legislative session, the Texas legislature considered a bill that would threaten women seeking an abortion with the death penalty. Republican leaders in the legislature actually gave this bill a hearing, legitimizing the draconian and dystopian proposal.
  • Just this year alone, nearly 30 bans on abortion have been introduced, passed, or signed into law in statehouses around the country.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom.  In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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