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Hundreds attend abortion rights rally in Ann Arbor

Tracy Samilton
Michigan Radio

Hundreds of people gathered in Ann Arbor on Wednesday to support abortion rights.

Similar rallies were held across the country. That's after Alabama passed a law last week that makes performing almost all abortions a felony.

Other states have recently adopted bills that ban abortion after six to eight weeks.

Cecile Richards is the former President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She told the crowd to vote against anti-abortion legislators, and  President Trump, in 2020.

"Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in this country, and it is still legal in the United States of America and we're going to keep it that way," she said.

About 30 anti-abortion protesters also attended, holding signs denouncing the procedure.

Michigan law bans abortions except to save the life of the pregnant woman, but it has not been enforced since the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which said such laws were unconstitutional.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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