Around 200 Mississippi residents gathered outside the Mississippi State Capitol Building on May 21, 2019, to demonstrate their support for abortion rights. Two months earlier, the Legislature passed and Gov. Phil Bryant signed an anti-abortion law that bans all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is typically around six weeks gestation. Other states legislatures have passed similar laws in recent months, too, with abortion opponents hoping to trigger a Supreme Court case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that declared abortion a constitutionally protected right. At the rally in Jackson, women who remember life before legal abortion was easily accessible spoke out, recalling their experiences, and sharing both their fears and their hopes for the future of women’s rights.
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