Abortion Activists Will Hold Nationwide Protests Today Calling for Free Abortions Up to Birth

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 21, 2019   |   10:25AM   |   Washington, DC

Abortion activists plan to gather across the nation today to protest state laws that protect unborn babies from abortion.

The protests are a response to Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Missouri and other states that are trying to protect unborn babies by banning or restricting abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable.

They also are drawing attention away from other states like New York and Vermont, which recently passed radical abortion laws legalizing the killing of unborn babies for basically any reason up to birth.

Behind the “Stop the Bans” protests are some of the most powerful, well-funded abortion groups in the country: Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, NARAL and the Women’s March, The Hill reports. They are demanding unrestricted abortions up to birth and taxpayer funded abortions.

“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 groups said in a statement.

“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,” they continued.

Altogether, about 50 abortion advocacy groups are participating in the protests, WSAV News reports. Abortion activists are encouraged to meet at noon today outside statehouses and courthouses across the country. There are protests in every state, including in Nashville, Detroit, Jackson, Memphis and Savannah.

“We will show up to speak out and fight back against this unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women,” the groups said, News 5 Cleveland reports. None of the pro-life laws or bills punish women for having abortions.

“Politicians shouldn’t be making decisions best left to women, their families, and their doctors,” they continued – though these same groups are fighting to overturn laws so that nurses and midwives also may do abortions.

The National Right to Life Committee said these abortion activists are the true extremists. A new Hill-HarrisX survey found that a majority of Americans support heartbeat laws, such as the ones passed in Ohio and Georgia, and Gallup polls consistently show that Americans think most abortions should be illegal.

“We bet you are frustrated. You are frustrated with the extreme pro-abortion agenda that seems to be taking over our country,” NRLC wrote on Twitter.

While abortion activists likely will succeed in blocking all of the pro-life laws in court, the pro-abortion laws in New York and Vermont are in effect – allowing unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth.

Pro-life advocates hope for an eventual victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, but, for now, Roe v. Wade stands, preventing states from passing even moderate protections for babies in the womb.