SALT LAKE CITY — Several hundred people gathered in the Utah State Capitol Tuesday afternoon to join a nationwide protest against abortion bans being passed around the country.

Parents with young children and teenagers who left school early to attend the protest passed around markers and made posters championing abortion rights.

The protest comes as Utah grapples with its own controversial abortion laws. State legislators recently passed a ban on abortions after 18 weeks but have agreed not to enforce the ban as a court challenge plays out.

A coalition of abortion rights organizations including Planned Parenthood Utah and Women's March organized the event. Some organizers say the Utah ban dismantles women's rights.

Supporters of the ban say it protects the sanctity of human life.

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