#StopTheBans is a nationwide day of action on Tuesday, May 21 to protest radical Republicans’ assault on women’s reproductive freedom and access to safe, legal abortion.
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. 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.
We will show up to speak out and fight back against this unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women. Politicians shouldn’t be making decisions best left to women, their families, and their doctors.
Together we say: Stop the bans. Sign up [at this website above] to get updates.
This Tuesday, May 21st at noon local time at statehouses, town squares, and courthouses across the nation–with other events throughout the week–we will show up to speak out and fight back against this unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women.
Plan an action or RSVP to one near you now. We’ll send you more information on tips to make the most of your event.
Stop abortion bans az
Az state Capitol
1700 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85043
When: Tuesday, May 21, 12:00 PM
Tucson for Choice
Joel V. Valdez Main Library
101 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson
Tucson, AZ 85701
When: Tuesday, May 21, 12:00 PM
This Tuesday, May 21st at noon local time at statehouses, town squares, and courthouses across the nation, we will show up to speak out and fight back against this unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women. Together we say: Stop the bans.
Organizers of the #StopTheBans protests include the ACLU, All* Above All Action Fund, EMILY’s List, Indivisible (see above), MoveOn, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, UltraViolet, and Women’s March.
The state-level anti-choice laws have sparked national outrage in large part because of the potential consequences for reproductive rights throughout the United States.
“The politicians behind these laws have one very specific end goal in mind: overturning Roe v. Wade,” MoveOn explained in an email to members Friday. “They all know that these laws will never go into effect as they are written; their express goal is for them to be challenged in the courts, land in the conservative-held Supreme Court, and serve as the catalyst for a complete ban on abortions in America.”
As the #BoycottAlabama hashtag took off on social media Thursday, Reuters reported:
A day after the southern state passed the country’s most restrictive abortion law, Maryland’s Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot said he would advise his state’s $52 billion pension fund to divest from Alabama, and urged other states to follow suit.
Colorado’s Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold called for a boycott of Alabama and urged the Election Center, an organization that trains election officials from across the country, to move out of the state.
“Moves to boycott Alabama,” Reuters noted, “came after Hollywood stars like Alyssa Milano called on the media industry to pull out of neighboring Georgia, a hub for film and television production, after it passed a strict abortion law last week.”
Actor Jason Bateman, who is on two television shows that film in Georgia, told The Hollywood Reporter Thursday, “If the ‘heartbeat bill’ makes it through the court system, I will not work in Georgia, or any other state, that is so disgracefully at odds with women’s rights.”
Some progressives who oppose anti-choice laws, however, are also critical of the boycott calls—including Stacey Abrams, a Democrat who narrowly lost the Georgia gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp last year.
“While I support those who want to live their values by not bringing their resources here, I do not want to harm the citizens of Georgia who are doing this work,” Abrams said on MSNBC Thursday.
While the potential consequences of the abortion bans and the protests against them are national in scale, the response has been especially intense among those who live in affected states.
After Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the state’s new abortion ban earlier this week, teenager Jocelyn Wright launched a petition—Youth Against the Alabama Human Life Protection Act—on Change.org. Wright is urging fellow young people to speak out against the law. In a statement provided to Common Dreams, she said:
I created this because I was appalled by Kate Ivey’s decision to completely disregard women’s constitutional right to safe abortions. I was even more disturbed by the fact that rape and incest victims are not exempted from the total-abortion ban. For me, it is baffling that a doctor carrying out an abortion (which every woman in the U.S. should legally be able to choose as an option themselves) now carries the same punishment as someone guilty of murder, rape, and other violent/serious crimes. Ivey is abusing her powers in a blatant fashion that completely goes against American ideals.
Though Wright’s petition focuses on Alabama, her message about the state’s law applies to bans in other states, too.
“Our government is supposed to be a champion of our rights and a tool for progress,” she concluded, “not a weapon to attack the very people who elect them.”