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Thousands take to streets in US against anti-abortion legislation

Thousands of abortion rights activists across the United States took to streets against anti-abortion law passed in several states including Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri.

More than 50 organizations organized the countrywide #StopTheBans protests. The organizers include the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) Pro-Choice America and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The organisers said in a statement that they were 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-abortion extremism and it’s terrifying, particularly for communities of colour and low-income communities who are most affected by these bans.”

Activists and others gather in major cities across the US, including New York City, Washington, DC, Las Vegas and Philadelphia.

Dozens of protesters chanted and sang songs outside the Middle Collegiate Church in New York City, holding signs that read, “My body, my choice” and “I am in charge of my body”.

In Washington, DC, hundreds protested outside the Supreme Court building.

Addressing the protesters, Democratic Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said the nation was built on the backs and grown in the wombs of women, and our rights are not up for debate.

“We are here to say, enough is enough,” said Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic congresswoman who is running in the 2020 presidential election. “We are not going to allow them to move our country backwards,” she said.

In the first quarter of 2019, at least 28 state legislatures introduced some version of an abortion ban, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health and research and policy organisation. The Guttmacher Institute said that although that number is essentially the same as last year, “the extreme nature of this year’s bills is unprecedented”.