These Photos From #StopTheBans Rallies Will Fire You Up To Join The Fight

by Seth Millstein
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Outraged at the recent flurry of extreme anti-abortion laws, reproductive rights activists protested across the country on Tuesday, CNN reports. Demonstrations were planned for almost all 50 states, according to the organizers' website, and photos from the "Stop The Bans" rally show how people are uniting to fight for abortion rights.

"Across the country, we are seeing a new wave of extreme bans on abortion, stripping away reproductive freedom and representing an all-out assault on abortion access," the #StopTheBans organizers wrote on the campaign's website. "This is Trump’s anti-choice movement… and it’s terrifying, particularly for women of color and low-income women who are most affected by these bans."

Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, and Mississippi have all passed draconian anti-abortion laws in recent months. The Alabama law bans nearly all abortions and includes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, while Ohio, Georgia, and Mississippi all passed what amount to six-week bans. Similar legislation is under consideration in Missouri and Louisiana, according to CNN.

All of those laws are being challenged in court, however, and as the #StopTheBans organizers noted, experts have said that restrictions on abortion access disproportionately hurt women of color and low-income women.

"We will show up to speak out and fight back against this unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women," the organizers wrote on the campaign's website. "Politicians shouldn't be making decisions best left to women, their families, and their doctors. Together we say: Stop the bans."

My Uterus, My Rules

Michigan was one of many states to host a #StopTheBans protest on Tuesday.

Not An Instruction Manual

In many states, protesters staged their demonstrations outside the state capitol. Here, two demonstrators dressed in The Handmaid's Tale-style costumes protest in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mine Not Yours

Anti-abortion activists behind the recent spate of laws freely acknowledge that their goal is to prompt a Supreme Court challenge that will result in Roe v. Wade being reversed. As such, it's no surprise that defenders of abortion access protested outside the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

Abortion Denied?

Protesters came out in full force in Mississippi, where a ban on abortions after six weeks is making its way through the courts.

Protesting On The Steps

Some pro-choice demonstrators in St. Paul carried Women's March-branded banners at the state capitol Tuesday.

I Should Be At School

More than 50 organizations co-sponsored Tuesday's protest, according to the Cut, including Planned Parenthood, SisterSong, and NARAL.

It's Your Choice

In Washington D.C., this protester noted that most white women don't vote for pro-choice candidates, adding to the growing conversation about the role that race plays in abortion policy in America.

Get Your Laws Off My Body

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg was just one of several prominent Democrats to make an appearance at a #StopTheBan rally on Tuesday.

My Body, My Choice

In St. Louis, pro-choice protesters blocked a street after the protest, local reporter Robert Patrick tweeted.

National Day Of Action

Even in blue states with relatively lenient abortion laws, protesters expressed their outrage at the restrictions in other states. Here, hundreds of protesters in Seattle showed up at City Hall to make their voices heard.

Not Ovary-Acting

Having passed the strictest abortion ban in the country, Alabama is ground-zero for the fight over reproductive rights, so it's no surprise protesters in the state came out in full force on Tuesday.

Tuesday's protests made clear that pro-choice activists won't accept these new laws without a fight. If you'd like to support abortion access throughout the country, here are some organizations you can donate to.