2020 Democratic presidential candidates rally in support of abortion rights

Democratic presidential candidates rallied on the steps of the Supreme Court Tuesday against a rash of state abortion bans they say have been encouraged by President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE and his administration. 

“This is the beginning of President Trump’s war on women,” said Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters Former aide says she felt 'abandoned' by Democrats who advanced Garcetti nomination as ambassador to India Schumer vows to push forward with filibuster change: 'The fight is not over' MORE (D-N.Y.) at the “Stop the bans” rally promoting abortion rights hosted by Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America. 

ADVERTISEMENT

A large crowd of abortion rights protestors held signs reading “abortion is a human right” and “protect safe, legal abortion" as attendees loudly cheered on Gillibrand and Cory BookerCory BookerDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Bass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign CNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee MORE (D-N.J.).

Women are being treated as “second class citizens under Trump” and are “being ignored,” Gillibrand said, adding Democrats will flip the Senate and win the White House with the help of abortions rights supporters.

Booker and Gillibrand have made abortion rights a central part of their campaigns in recent days after Alabama’s Republican governor signed an abortion ban with no exemptions for cases of rape or incest. They are among the candidates who support a push to pass a law enshrining abortion rights.

Trump distanced himself from the Alabama bill over the weekend, tweeting that he supports exemptions. 

Still, Democrats running for president view the issue as a winning one that could galvanize female voters in 2020. 

“We will not stand for this attack on human rights,” Booker said to cheers from protestors. 

Booker compared the fight over state abortion bans to the civil rights movement, saying people must ’take to the streets.” 

”We see people trying to take us backward, but we must go forward,” Booker said, reiterating a campaign promise to pass federal legislation protection access to abortion. 

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanJD Vance raises more than million in second fundraising quarter for Ohio Senate bid Republicans must join us to give Capitol Police funding certainty  On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood MORE (D-Ohio), who is running for president also spoke. Presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports MORE, mayor of South Bend, Ind., did not speak but stopped by the rally to take pictures with supporters. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Briahna Joy Gray: Last-minute push for voting legislation felt 'perfomative' Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (I-Vt.), another candidate for president, made a brief appearance, but didn’t address the crowd.

“Abortion is health care, it is a woman’s constitutional right, and people in every state in this counry are ready to defend that right,” Sanders tweeted during the rally. 

“Together, we are going to #StopTheBans and end the attacks on women’s rights.”