Pro-choice rallies planned for Tuesday in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene

Pro-choice rallies are set to take place in both Spokane and Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday.

The local rallies are part of a nationwide protest to “Stop the Bans;” following the passing of controversial abortion laws in several states, including Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

“Across the country, we are seeing a new wave of extreme bans on abortion, stripping away reproductive freedom and representing an all-out assault on abortion access. This is Trump’s anti-choice movement… and it’s terrifying, particularly for women of color and low-income women who are most affected by these bans,” the #StopTheBans website reads. “We will show up to speak out and fight back against the unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women. Politicians shouldn’t be making decisions best left to women, their families, and their doctors. Together we say: Stop the bans.”

The State of Alabama recently enacted the most restrictive abortion law in the country. The law makes abortion illegal in virtually all cases, including cases of rape and incest. The law also states doctors who perform an abortion could face up to 99 years in prison.

In Georgia, the governor recently signed a bill that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

President Trump wrote on Twitter that he is strongly Pro-Life with three exceptions: rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother.

As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions – Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother – the same position taken by Ronald Reagan. We have come very far in the last two years with 105 wonderful new…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019

Protestors are planning to descend on statehouses, town squares and courthouses across the county at noon. However, the rally in downtown Spokane is set to take place at 5:15 p.m. The Coeur d’Alene rally is scheduled for noon.

The Spokane rally, which will be held at the Tribal Gathering Place, is hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho and the Women+s March on Spokane. The North Idaho rally along Northwest Boulevard is hosted by North Idaho NOW.

According to the #StopTheBans website, there will be additional events planned throughout the week.

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