Spilling glitter and red paint at the State Capitol is what led abortion protesters in handcuffs on Wednesday, May 15. They were charged for ‘disturbing the peace’ and ‘criminal damage to property.’ Every protester will have to go to court, but a date has not been set yet.
The protest comes after a bill to ban abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy moved one step closer to the governor’s office. Governor John Bel Edwards said if the bill makes it to his desk, he will sign it.
Senator John Milkovich introduced the bill.
“Legislatures are not concerned about women or the circumstances of uplanned pregnancies,” said Amy Irvin, who is one of the protesters.
This is how the bill would work if it passes: Once a heartbeat is detected, the fetus cannot be killed and the bill would ban abortion as early as the sixth week. There are no exceptions for vicitims of rape or incest.
Those who argue against the bill said most women are not aware they are pregnant until they show signs or miss their cycle.
The legislation would only take effect if a federal court upholds a similar law in Mississippi.