Members of the Alabama House Black Caucus, frustrated by other legislators’ efforts to silence opposition to bills that would restrict abortion access, sang "We Shall Overcome" on the Alabama State House floor.
According to the Montgomery Advertiser, several Black state representatives sang the Civil Rights Movement anthem during sessions on Wednesday (May 3). They were disheartened by the approval of a measure would effectively rohibit most abortions, as well as another that prevents abortion clinics from operating within 2,000 feet of schools serving kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. Caucus members charged that Republican lawmakers used filibustering to silence the group so that they could force through the abortion clinic bill and another regarding Confederate preservation without opposition.
Security was called twice during the protests, but no one was removed from chambers. The ACLU of Alabama has committed to suing the state if the governor signs the bill into law.
"Year after year, extreme politicians in this state have tried every tool in the shed to make it impossible for a woman who has decided to have an abortion to actually get one in Alabama," Andrew Beck, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project said in a statement. "Rather than using taxpayer resources to endanger women’s health, politicians should leave these personal, private family decisions to women and doctors."
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