Pro-abortion activists took to the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday to demand legislations "stop the ban" on abortion rights in America, something say is sacred and protected under Roe v. Wade. In addition to the rally outside of the Supreme Court, similar marches took place across the country.
2020 Democratic presidential candidates made an appearance at the "stop the bans" rally:
I've counted six presidential candidates at the #StoptheBans rally in front of the Supreme Court:— Charlotte Clymer?????? (@cmclymer) May 21, 2019
Sen. Amy Klobuchar at #StopTheBans rally: "And no matter people's views, I think they can agree on one thing- we want to reduce abortions. How do you do that? By making contraception available and certainly you don't take away the civil rights of Americans." pic.twitter.com/Wncsspvw1v— The Hill (@thehill) May 21, 2019
.@SenGillibrand attends #StopTheBans rally in DC: "[President Trump] apparently wants to have a #waronwomen in America and if this is a war that he wants to have, he will have it and he will lose it." pic.twitter.com/6OocyCx1g0— The Hill (@thehill) May 21, 2019
We deserve basic human rights. We deserve autonomy. We deserve to make decisions about our own lives and families. That's what this fight is about, and we'll never back down from it. #StopTheBans pic.twitter.com/JWpDDAqU7L— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) May 21, 2019
James Baldwin once wrote in a letter of solidarity to Angela Davis, “if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.” Abortion access isn't just a fight for women, it’s for all people to ensure control of our own bodies. #StopTheBans pic.twitter.com/KJeM6kKum1— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 21, 2019
.@SenBooker: “To all the men who are here, we MUST wake up more men to join this fight. NOT just because we have daughters and mothers and wives. But because this is an assault on human dignity, on freedom.” ?????? #StopTheBans pic.twitter.com/xuVD8k8av4— NARAL (@NARAL) May 21, 2019
Those candidates who didn't show up did tweet their support for the cause and their desire to see Roe v. Wade upheld.
There’s nothing more powerful than people speaking up for what we all know is right. I stand in solidarity with those across the country to #StopTheBans. We will fight with everything we’ve got to protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 21, 2019
Abortion is health care, it is a woman’s constitutional right, and people in every state in this country are ready to defend that right. Together, we are going to #StopTheBans and end the attacks on women's rights.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 21, 2019
States across the nation are passing extreme laws that violate a woman’s constitutional right to choose. These bills are a blatant attempt to overturn Roe v Wade. It's wrong. It's pernicious. We must #StopTheBans and ensure this choice remains between a woman and her doctor. pic.twitter.com/J4FL9nQgol— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 21, 2019
Abortion bans are explicitly intended to gut or overturn Roe v. Wade and punish women. Today, I stand with people around the country who are speaking up for reproductive freedom and saying: #StopTheBans.— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) May 21, 2019
I stand with the thousands rallying across the country to make sure we urgently fight radical attacks on women and these unconstitutional efforts to stop them from making their own decisions about their body. We must protect Roe v. Wade and #StopTheBans. https://t.co/a1kJWuF0bH— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) May 21, 2019
Here's a look at what took place:
Handmaids, coat hangers, handmade signs abound. Members of Congress will soon speak. pic.twitter.com/SxzHYYys3y— Alice Miranda Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) May 21, 2019
“Roe v. Wade saved my life.” Susan, age 70, just came up to me sobbing at the #StopTheBans action in front of the Supreme Court. Please LISTEN to her and Retweet to share her story! pic.twitter.com/bYKgPGxZWD— Sara Pearl (@skenigsberg) May 21, 2019
Democratic members of Congress also showed support for abortion rights. Some even went as far as to reminise about what life was like before Roe became the law of the land.
With one hand Republican senators say they do not support these extreme anti-abortion laws.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 21, 2019
But with the other hand they confirm judges with horrendous records on women’s right.#StopTheBans #StopTheBans #StopTheBans pic.twitter.com/YucusynCAW
I remember what it was like before Roe. Women were forced to take extraordinary measures, risking their health and lives, because reproductive health care wasn’t available. We cannot turn back the clock to those dangerous times. #StopTheBans— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) May 21, 2019
“I am outraged because this is outrageous. This nation was built on the backs and grown in the wombs of women, and our rights are not up for debate.”— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) May 21, 2019
We will continue to organize, mobilize, and legislate to #StopTheBans! pic.twitter.com/pTuvRuGUfM
I joined activists across our country today to speak out against the nationwide attack on a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. When our rights are under attack, we must stand up and fight back. #StopTheBans pic.twitter.com/1gJ4XHnkpZ— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) May 21, 2019
Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen had a message to women with scheduled abortions in states like Georgia and Alabama.
**Reminder to those who need it**— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) May 21, 2019
Abortion care is still legal in all 50 states. You can keep your appointments, you can still come in, you can still get care. We’ll make sure of it today, tomorrow & we'll fight these laws so that it stays that way—no matter what. #StopTheBans pic.twitter.com/xuVAM629AC