Before Alabama And Georgia, Iowa Had Its Own 'Heartbeat' Abortion Law

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"Maybe it's time", she said, referring to the possible repeal of laws that allow abortions.

That was before the nation saw repeated examples of what extremism on abortion really looks like, and before we took the full measure of the harsh intentions of abortion's most determined foes.

Others were planned in the South, the conservative "Bible Belt" that includes Alabama.

Georgia and Alabama's recently signed abortion bans are horrifying in their specific, deliberate goal of criminalizing and jailing women for the crime of seeking health care. "And we have got to do everything we can to defend". Our dissent is powerful.

"The fact that these bills are passing in the lead-up to what will likely to be another emotionally charged election year adds to that feeling of imminence - that it's now or never, because who knows what happens in 2020", said Amy Swearer, a senior legal policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank.

"We are seeing a new wave of extreme bans on abortion, stripping away reproductive freedom and representing an all-out assault on abortion access", organisers said in a statement. "Our voices are powerful", the group said on Twitter.

The proposals underscore women's rights to make "autonomous decisions" about whether to remain pregnant. "It's something that I took for granted when I was growing up and I want to make sure that it stays a right for my daughter and all women her age".

Some protesters carried purple signs that declared, "Abortion is a human right".

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That battle is now front and centre in Alabama, which has three clinics. She was met by counter-protester Alison Centofante, right, with the anti-abortion group Live Action.

Women protesting against the bill in Alabama have taken to dressing up as characters from the dystopian saga The Handmaid's Tale as a metaphor: we are not incubators who serve no objective other than having babies. It does not, however, penalise the mother.

Anti-abortion advocates are aware that any laws they pass are certain to be challenged.

Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota have enacted restrictive laws, while Florida and Texas are considering doing the same. The state of IN is appealing to the Supreme Court.

Last week, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey approved the most stringent abortion law in the nation- making performing an abortion a felony in almost all cases unless necessary for the mother's health. The same week Ivey signed the bill, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wendy Vitter, Donald Trump's nominee for a federal judgeship in Louisiana and a vocal abortion rights opponent, with a history of spreading the lie that abortion can cause cancer. "It underscores the sanctity of life the people of Alabama value so highly".

In St. Louis, several hundred protesters gathered in a park between the Gateway Arch and the historic courthouse where the Dred Scott case decision that deemed black slaves as property, not citizens, was heard.

Margaret Emerson, 70, said she needed an abortion when she was in her 20s. Unfortunately, it did not help Jane Roe - whose real name was Norma McCorvey - she gave birth before the judgment, and the child was given up for abortion - but saved millions of women from endangering their lives with illegal back-alley abortions.