Abortion rights supporters rallied across the United States on Tuesday to protest the recent spate of anti-abortion state laws.
Several states have enacted restrictive laws since last year. Alabama state senate passed a bill last week that bans abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. It allows exceptions only when there are serious health risks to the mother or unborn child.
In New York City on Tuesday, more than 300 people gathered in front of a court in Manhattan to protest the laws and call for an end to the moves to ban abortion.
A 19-year-old woman who took part in the rally stressed that she should be able to decide for herself. She said, "It's my body. It's my choice. It's body autonomy, and it is kind of a pillar of human rights."
She also said, "I think that it's just really important to keep abortion safe and legal and available to people who need it."
The issue of abortion has divided public opinion in the US.
President Donald Trump on Saturday referred to new anti-abortion laws, saying on Twitter that he is "strongly pro-life."
Actress Milla Jovovich spoke out last week on her social media account about her experience of abortion. She stressed that women must fight to make sure their rights to obtain a safe abortion when needed are preserved.