Protesters rally against Alabama’s new abortion law

Updated: May. 19, 2019 at 8:10 PM EDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Hundreds of protesters took to the steps of the state capitol in downtown Montgomery on Sunday to rally against Alabama’s new abortion law.

"We want to support women having the right to make decisions about their body, and some of the extreme language in the bill is a great concern, particularly around rape victims and victims of incest," Audri Williams, one of the protest's organizers, said.

The protesters marched along Dexter Ave. and ended at the steps of the capitol. Many of the protesters carried signs and some chanted “My body, my choice!” Others covered their mouths with black bandanas and held coat hangers.

Just last week, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the nation’s strictest abortion bill. The new law makes performing an abortion a felony at any stage of a pregnancy, unless the mother’s health is at risk.

"I think it's barbaric. It's a step back," Melissa Perdomo, one of the protesters, said.

Perdomo called out Ivey for signing the bill into law.

"As a woman, I feel betrayed, and I don't know how she (Ivey) could put any other woman, any other of her constituents, in a position of danger and possibly death," Perdomo said.

Representatives from Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) were at the protest.

“Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Alabama will be taking the state of Alabama to court very soon,” Staci Fox, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, said. “We’ll see Governor Ivey in court. We’ve fought bills before and haven’t lost a fight yet and we don’t plan to lose this one either.”

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