Outraged by Alabama's new near-total abortion ban, demonstrators descended on the state's capitol building in Montgomery on Sunday, chanting popular abortion rights slogans like, "my body, my choice" and carrying signs calling for an end to "the war on women." In fact, photos of the Alabama abortion ban protest show hundreds of people turned up to demand lawmakers protect abortion access in the state.
"Banning abortion does not stop abortion. It stops safe abortion," NBC News reported Planned Parenthood Southeast President Staci Fox told demonstrators gathered outside the Alabama State Capitol. The health care provider has argued Alabama's ban is "even too extreme for Alabama."
Sunday's protest comes less than a week after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation outlawing abortion at any stage of gestation with no exceptions for rape or incest. The controversial bill, which makes abortion and attempted abortion felony offenses except in cases where the pregnant patient's life is in danger, is the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Abortion rights advocates have said they plan to challenge the law, which won't go into effect until after six months, in court, Vox has reported
Alabama's ban comes as laws banning abortion as early as six weeks — before many even know they're pregnant — were passed in Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, and Georgia.
But photos of Sunday's Alabama abortion ban protest show that resistance to such anti-choice laws remains fierce.