MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Individuals marched in a line from the Memorial Park side of the Maplewood Train Station, into Maplewood Village, and then to the side of the Maplewood Train Station that faces the storefronts in the village to spread their message against stricter laws for abortions.
About 100 people, mostly women walked with signs, urging lawmakers to protect safe and legal abortions and Roe V. Wade, the case from 1973 that state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional. The march and rally in Maplewood was part of a national movement called #StopTheBans for people to speak out against proposed legislation in some U.S. states that could potentially overturn the Roe V. Wade ruling.
People participating in the #StopTheBans event in Maplewood were Maplewood and South Orange as well as other parts of the state such as Union and Morris Counties.
"We wanted to have a place for local people to congregate and share their rage about what's going on," said Amy Higer, a SOMA Action member who organized the event.
Lawmakers over the past year have been pushing for stricter legislation on abortion. PBS reported that Georgia, Mississippi, Ohio and Kentucky have passed laws banning abortions at six weeks of pregnancy. According to the PBS article, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed a restrictive abortion law that could eliminate the termination of pregnancy across the state.
Under the bill, PBS reported that doctors could receive up to a 99-year prison sentence for performing the procedure but that there would be limited health exceptions.