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Fight Against Restrictive Abortion Laws Energizes Women’s Rights Rally

Posted at 8:22 AM, May 26, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Hundreds of people rallied Saturday afternoon in downtown Lexington to take a stand for women’s reproductive rights.

A recent push for restrictive abortion laws in many states have energized the rights movement.

Alabama recently passed the strictest law in the nation, making the procedure a felony with few exceptions.

In Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin frequently talks up his backing of abortion restrictions

Marchers outside of the Fayette County Courthouse were insisting that abortions need to be kept safe, and legal.

“As a survivor of sexual abuse, it really kind of hits home when you think, what if I had to make that choice?” said Maggie Berry.

Ralliers said they’re concerned that some bills do not exempt rape and incest victims from the ban.

“You’re violating my religious freedom, my right to privacy. You’re violating the First Amendment anytime you encroach on a woman’s right to choose,” said Shana Sippy.

Some lawmakers who support these bills say they would like to challenge the Roe v Wade ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court. They believe fetuses should be protected.