Democrats, Bartholomew County Indivisible, protest Alabama’s more restrictive abortion law

About 50 people assembled Tuesday on the steps of Columbus City Hall to protest Alabama’s new, more restrictive abortion law and similar legislation elsewhere.

The Bartholomew County Democratic Party and Bartholomew County Indivisible organized the gathering on short notice to fire something of a warning shot to Indiana lawmakers that Alabama’s measure, considered an abortion ban, doesn’t belong in the Hoosier state.

“Little by little, freedoms already are being chipped away in Indiana,” said Sharon Krieg, secretary of the local Democrats, and a member of the Bartholomew County Democratic Women, after the gathering.

Similar protests unfolded Tuesday in other states such as Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a bill that would make performing an abortion illegal once a heartbeat is detected. That new law is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.

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