Abortion-Rights Activists in Mass. Protest Procedure Bans

Thousands of abortion-rights activists across the U.S. will protest restrictive laws that were recently passed in several states

Thousands of demonstrators across the country will take to the streets on Tuesday to march and protest restrictive abortion laws that were recently passed in several states.

More than 50 organizations are behind the "Stop the Bans" Day of Action marches, which will take place at more than 350 events nationwide. There are 34 events across Massachusetts on Tuesday alone.

Governors in Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio recently approved bills to criminalize abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. A heartbeat can be discovered as soon as the sixth week of pregnancy, before many women know they're pregnant.

Missouri lawmakers passed an eight-week ban, Alabama's governor passed a bill to make the medical procedure a felony in most cases, and other states like Louisiana are considering taking on similar measures.

One of Massachusetts' first marches for the Tuesday protest will begin at 10 a.m. in Brookline. Two other marches will begin at noon in Boston and Somerville and one in Needham is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Crowds are expected to gather outside of town halls, court houses and state houses.

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