ATLANTE – Abortion advocates are set to stage another round of protests in Atlanta on Saturday following the Supreme Court’s decision to end a constitutional right to process two weeks ago.
Pro-choice activists say they want to take a stand against any potential state law that could limit women’s access to abortion. They also say they want more federal protections for reproductive rights, including codifying nationwide privacy rights, abortion rights, and overturning Georgia’s “beats” law. of heart”.
“We absolutely want the six-week ban not to be enforced, not to go through the courts. We believe this is a serious violation of the rights of people with wombs everywhere,” the activist said. pro-choice “Mia” at FOX 5.
In 2019, Georgia lawmakers passed a law by vote that would ban most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, when fetal heart activity can be detected. The measure is different from other “heartbeat” bills in that it also contains language designating a fetus as a person for certain purposes of state law such as income tax deductions and child support. The measure was stayed just before the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit pending the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Legal experts say the law is likely to come into force, which pro-life activists welcome.
“Every abortion ends in death and that’s more important to me than the possibility of someone dying in childbirth,” said James Wallace, a pro-life activist.
STATE BY STATE: WHERE ABORTION WILL BE ILLEGAL AFTER SUPREME COURT RULING
On Friday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to protect abortion access. The actions he described are intended to mitigate some potential penalties that women seeking abortions could face after the ruling, but are limited in their ability to ensure nationwide abortion access. Biden acknowledged the limitations his office faces, saying it would take an act of Congress to restore access to abortion in more than a dozen states where strict limits or outright bans have gone into effect. following the Supreme Court’s decision.
Saturday’s protests are expected to begin around 2 p.m. outside the state capitol.