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Planned Parenthood rallies at state Capitol

Planned Parenthood rallies at state Capitol
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 7:23pm

AUSTIN — A day after losing a fight over a bill that would give Texas some of the strictest abortion rules in the country, House Democrats stood Tuesday with Planned Parenthood advocates working against a barrage of legislative attempts to weaken their programs.

Hundreds of supporters rallied at the Capitol, saying they were angry with state lawmakers for endangering women's health care and family planning. The legislation approved Monday requires women to get sonograms before an abortion, and recently approved Medicaid limits would leave many of the organization's patients without access to birth control and health screenings.

"This is basic, preventative health care," said Ken Lambrecht, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Texas Capital Region. "We do more to prevent the need for abortion than any program in the United States."

Planned Parenthood has been under fire from conservative lawmakers in recent weeks, as nationwide attempts to decrease abortions and cut funding for family planning programs gain momentum.

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