'We won't go back' - Protesters demand to 'Stop the Bans'Posted: Updated:
Activists across the country and in the Hudson Valley took to the streets to protest the rising wave of abortion restrictions in America.
More than 50 organizations, including Planned Parenthood, SisterSong, NARAL, and the Women's March, held more than 400 demonstrations across the country as part of the National Day of Action to Stop the Bans.
In White Plains, dozens showed up to voice their opposition to new laws in Alabama and Ohio that could make abortion illegal in virtually all cases, including cases of rape and incest.
"I think we they are going against the times," says Lucia McVie. "This is not going to change women. Women won't go back."
The rally, organized by the activist group Indivisible Westchester, was part of a nationwide push to call attention to what these activists believe are measures to chip away at Roe v. Wade and the constitutional protections it had provided several generations of women.
While legal challenges could mean the laws are years away from taking effect, protesters say they are designed as an attack on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. "We want to send a message that says no woman in this country, regardless where she is lives, is going to be alone facing these unconscionable, horrific bans, facing this national assault we are seeing on women's rights. We want to gather together and show we are all in solidarity," says Lisa Genn, of Indivisible Irvington.
Hundreds protest recent abortion laws in Foley Square