The majority of white women, like white men, consistently vote for Republicans, who have relied on their votes for years to win state legislature seats and introduce and pass hundreds of anti-abortion laws in the last decade. The ACLU and NARAL Pro-Choice America were two of the sponsors behind these events, and NARAL told USA Today that there were more than 450 marches scheduled for today alone.
Highlighting the key role the issue could play in the 2020 presidential elections, several Democrats vying to take on President Donald Trump including Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar appeared at the rally. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY.
"This is the beginning of President Trump's war on women", she told the rally. "They don't want to reach consistently unpopular decisions nobody likes because they would lose legitimacy", New explained.
Ashley Buck, 30, a waitress from St. Louis, held a cardboard sign that read, "I'm a Pro-Choice Mom" on one side and "Ask Me About My 2 Abortions - I Am Not Ashamed" on the other.
The attorney general pledged to take any necessary legal action to protect the rights of OR women. "It stops safe abortion", said Staci Fox, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, addressing the cheering crowd outside the Alabama Capitol. Before it is set to take effect January 1, the ACLU and other groups plan to challenge it in court. OR doesn't have any legal restrictions on abortions. And we would be acknowledging that it's a decision that we, as women, are more than capable enough of making on our own. Forty-three percent of rape victims who aborted said they felt pressured or were strongly directed by family members or health workers to abort.
"We are seeing the same level of energy, possibly more, because some people didn't believe even with Justice Kavanaugh on the bench that Roe was threatened", Hogue said before the protests.
"I feel like I took it for granted that abortion was accessible for me growing up", the 29-year-old said. We're glad to see so many people standing up for these rights in the #StopTheBans demonstrations.
Their chances of success were given a boost a year ago by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had backed abortion rights in two key cases. Then the court extended that right to privacy to include the killing of a third party, an unborn human life - and overrode state definitions of human life in the process.
"Yes, Banning Abortion Reduces Abortion Rates", tweeted the Pro-Life Action League.
Women who came through the doors held hands with loved ones or curled into chairs as they waited.
Last week, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey approved the most stringent abortion law in the nation- making performing an abortion a felony in almost all cases unless necessary for the mother's health. Numerous other states either attempted or are now debating bills to limit abortions as well. It awaits the governor's signature.
Another frontal assault on Roe would be Georgia's "heartbeat" bill, which bans most abortions after just six weeks.