Dozens of women and men lined 1st Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg to rally for women’s reproductive rights.
Supporters gathered at the judicial building Tuesday afternoon, a location chosen to highlight the crucial role courts play in keeping abortion safe and legal, according to organizers.
Local Tampa Bay area activists organized the rally following Alabama’s passage of a total ban on abortion last week, and as a wave of other extreme laws stripping reproductive freedom sweeps the country from Georgia to Ohio to Missouri to Texas.
Organizers believe anti-abortion politicians are push laws infringing on personal decisions that should be left to women and their doctors, compounded by President Donald Trump’s stacking of the U.S. Supreme Court and federal judiciary with justices who are hostile to Roe v. Wade.
Progress Florida, Pinellas NOW and the St. Petersburg League of Women Voters are joining in the National Day of Action to Stop the Bans, with other events to take place throughout the week.