Pro-abortion rights banner flies after near-total ban passes Ala. Senate

Pro-abortion rights banner flies after near-total ban passes Ala. Senate
The banner reads, “Abortion is OK! Text DefendAL to 52886” and belongs to Georgia organization Amplify. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A pro-abortion rights banner flew over Montgomery after a bill banning nearly all abortions in the state passed in the Senate.

The banner reads, “Abortion is OK! Text DefendAL to 52886” and belongs to Georgia organization Amplify. Kimberly McGuire, the executive director of Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, said Amplify lent the banner to three Alabama-based groups: URGE, the Yellowhammer Fund, and P.O.W.E.R. House.

McGuire said the groups are flying the banner to let people in the state who have had or need abortions know they are not alone, and the organizations are committed to keeping care available for them.

“Young people in Alabama have been fighting this ban from day one and they will keep fighting,” McGuire said.

According to its website, Amplify is a nonpartisan campaign to improve the total health and wellness of communities by building political power. URGE advocates for policies in conjunction with other justice-focused groups and educates communities on sexual health and reproductive rights. The Yellowhammer Fund provides funding for anyone seeking care at one of the state’s three abortion clinics, and The P.O.W.E.R. (People Organizing for Women’s Empowerment & Rights) House holds the offices of Montgomery Area Reproductive Justice Coalition and serves the patients of Reproductive Health Services, Montgomery’s only abortion clinic.

The bill passed both houses of Alabama’s legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey Wednesday.

The law makes performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony unless the mother’s health is in danger.

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