Thousands protest strict Alabama abortion law May 21, 2019 0 970 12345 AFPMontgomeryThousands took to the streets in the southern US state of Alabama on Sunday to rally against the nation’s most restrictive bans on abortions in decades.Around 500 women’s reproductive rights defenders gathered in state capital Montgomery, while in the cities of Birmingham, Anniston, Huntsville and Mobile around 3,000 more joined in denouncing the ‘Alabama Human Life Protection Act’. The act, known as HB314, virtually outlaws terminations of pregnancy.Protesters in Montgomery held up signs reading “her body, her choice” and “we are not ovary-acting.” A woman wearing beige underwear that made her look naked had a drawing of her reproductive system attached to her abdomen and a banner reading: “More than an incubator.” Several other women were dressed as characters forced to bear children in the dystopian novel and television series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” One of them, who gave her name only as Amanda, accused Alabama’s legislators of “trying to imprison women and doctors.” “Wearing the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ outfit is sending a message that you’re trying to turn us into slaves, reproductive slaves,” the 40-year-old-lawyer told AFP.“They’re trying to fill prisons, more private prisons so that women will do hard labor after they get convicted of these ‘crimes’ of abortion.” Last week, Alabama passed a law that prohibits all abortions -- even in cases of incest and rape -- unless there is a risk of death for the mother. RELATED ARTICLES Ukraine’s new president calls for snap polls after taking the oath of office May 21, 2019 0 380 Brexit Party leader blames ‘radicalised’ remainers after milkshake attack May 21, 2019 0 346 Austrian far-right ministers to resign en masse amid ‘Ibiza-gate’ fallout May 21, 2019 0 454 UK appoints first international human rights ambassador REUTERS LONDON Britain appointed its first international ambassador for human rights on Monday to support its work in the United Nations and promote its campaigns around the world. Rita French will be based in Geneva and .. Ecuador seizes Assange’s possessions after US request London: Ecuador began a process on Monday to seize possessions left at its London embassy by by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, following a request by the US Department of Justice. Ecuador’s foreign ministry said .. Doctors end life support for French patient in ‘right-to-die’ case STRASBOURG: Doctors stopped giving food and water to French quadriplegic Vincent Lambert on Monday, lawyers said, renewing a fierce debate over the right to die that has split his family and country. The 42-year-old ..