Statement from Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority:

“Today, feminists are rallying in cities and towns across the United States to demand that the GOP stop the bans on our constitutionally protected access to abortion.

“History has shown us what happens when abortion is outlawed. Pregnant people seek out illegal, sometimes unsafe, methods for terminating a pregnancy. Miscarriages become cause for criminal investigation. Violence against women goes up because of their increased vulnerability. And our goal of achieving gender equality becomes far more difficult.

“This is what the Republican-controlled legislatures from Alabama to Ohio to Missouri want—to force women back. Well, we’re not going back.”