Dozens gather for “Stop the Bans” rally in Myrtle Beach

Stop the Bans Rally - Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - “Stop the Bans” rallies made their way across the country and state Tuesday, including in Myrtle Beach.

Activists against abortion bans made their voices heard in the Market Common. The rally was organized by Grand Strand Action Together.

“I organized this in 48 hours and I see the woman that were alive during other civil rights struggles," said Julinna Oxley, co-founder of Grand Strand Action Together. "I only had the benefit of living in a world where abortion was legal. These woman do know what it looks like and they know it’s not worth going back to.”

Judy Cooper is one of those women who rallied in favor of the pro-choice movement in the 1970s.

"Forty six years ago, almost 50 years ago, we did everything we could do in the pro choice movement and it passed. I am angry that 46 years later I am out here again. So, my message, vote,” said Cooper.

In South Carolina, a bill known as the fetal heartbeat bill passed in the House. Now, it will go to the Senate in January 2020 for a vote. The bill would criminalize abortion if a doctor detects a baby’s heartbeat, which can happen when a woman is about six weeks pregnant.

Congressman Tom Rice reacted to Tuesday’s rally. He sent WMBF News the following statement:

“The right to life is the most basic human right and I know South Carolinians agree with this belief. I have a 100% pro-life record in Congress and I’ll continue to stand up for the rights of the unborn.”

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