LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- With a series of increasingly restrictive abortion laws surfacing across the country, a crowd gathered at the Nebraska Capitol Tuesday adding heartland voices to a nationwide chorus in support of abortion rights.
More than 350 people rallied at the Capitol toting signs with messages in support of abortion rights and slamming groups that oppose them.
Former state senator Brenda Council called some of the recently passed laws "despicable" and an assault on women's autonomy.
Longtime state Sen. Ernie Chambers, of Omaha, delivered a fiery speech urging participants to vote for political candidates who reflect their convictions. Chambers noted the rally took place inside the "belly of the beast" at the Nebraska Capitol, and called on voters to "give it indigestion."
The rally was sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, Planned Parenthood and the Women's Fund of Omaha.
Similar rallies unfolded across America, from statehouses to town squares and courthouses.
More than 50 organizations planned to participate in "Stop the Bans" rallies happening in almost all 50 states.
The rallies came a week after Alabama enacted the strictest abortion law in the U.S. That state's ban makes abortion illegal in almost all cases, including cases of rape and incest.
The Nebraska rally drew a handful of pro-life advocates who said abortion should be illegal and no one has the right to kill a baby.