COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Planned Parenthood has staged a national ‘STOP THE BANS’ day of action protest to fight against restrictive abortion laws being passed in the country.
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (PPSAT) organized a ‘STOP THE BANS’ day of action nationwide event scheduled for May 21.
The ‘STOP THE BANS’ day of action event in South Carolina will be held on the Statehouse step by Gervais Street. In South Carolina, activists organizations such as ACLU-SC, WREN, Grand Strand Action, NOW-Columbia, Indivisible Midlands and Indivisible SC will be active at this event.
PPSAT has partnered with progressive organizations like All* Above All Action Fund, ACLU, EMILY’s List, Indivisible, MoveOn, NARAL Pro-Choice America, UltraViolet and Women’s March to mobilize their members and activists in all 50 states to host and attend actions outside of state capitols, in town squares, courthouses, as well as other areas to express their thoughts on these restrictive laws.
Newer, restrictive abortion laws have been passed in several states across the country which bring a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it would make abortions in the country legally inaccessible.
“Women are outraged. Politicians have absolutely no place in our personal health decisions. Now more than ever, we must unite against this unprecedented attack on our fundamental rights and freedoms. It is time for women, men, and all people to declare that reproductive health care is health care and health care is a human right. We will stand together to defend our right to safe, legal abortion. Because we are in the fight of our lives,” Planned Parenthood South Atlantic Director of Public Affairs Vicki Ringer said.
This national protest comes in light of recent complete abortion bans being enacted in Alabama and fetal heartbeat bills being passed in Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Kentucky and Georgia. States who have pending complete abortion bans are Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas. States who have pending fetal heartbeat bills are Texas, Louisiana, New York and Minnesota.
South Carolina recently made efforts to pass a fetal heartbeat bill of its own this year, which would have banned abortions as soon as a heartbeat was detected. This bill has not passed in the state’s legislature.