Representatives of at least a half dozen organizations are planning to participate in the #StoptheBans Demonstration and Rally May 21 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Georgia state capitol in downtown Atlanta in response to the state’s newly approved abortion law.

Speakers at the rally include representatives from the ACLU’s Georgia chapter, Indivisible Georgia Coalition, NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia, Planned Parenthood Southeast, SisterLove Inc., URGE and more. Hundreds of concerned residents are expected to demonstrate. The Atlanta event is part of a nationwide coordinated protest against highly restrictive anti-abortion laws sweeping the United States.

Georgia’s new law, also known as the Heartbeat Bill, was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp May 7 and will go into effect Jan. 1. It mandates women cannot have an abortion after an unborn baby is six weeks old, a much more strict law than the old one, which allowed women to have an abortion up to 20 weeks after getting pregnant.

The new Georgia law is one of several passed in states across the nation that have been deemed unconstitutional by critics.

“Across the country, we are seeing a new wave of extreme bans on abortion,” Janel Green of the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice said in a news release. “This extremist, anti-choice movement is trying to strip away reproductive freedom and representing an all-out assault on abortion access. Politicians shouldn't be making decisions best left to women, their families and their doctors. We will show up to speak out and fight back against this unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe v. Wade.”

The Georgia state capitol is located at 206 Washington St. SW in Atlanta. For more information on the rally, visit www.facebook.com/events/349035575971019.

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