Rally to protest controversial abortion law planned for Saturday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 8, 2016) - A rally planned for Saturday at the Indiana Statehouse is expected to draw thousands.

More than 7,000 people say they will attend the Rally for Women’s Rights, and the continued battle over Indiana’s controversial abortion law could cause that number to grow.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence says this law is within the state’s rights. It prohibits Indiana doctors from knowingly terminating a pregnancy solely because of a genetic disability, race or gender.

“If you are really pro-life and you believe in protecting life at all stages, then you work to protect life at every opportunity, and that’s what the Indiana General Assembly did and that’s what the Governor’s done,” said Republican Strategist Mike Murphy.

The rally’s creators called that law “one of the worst anti-abortion bills in the country.”

On the rally’s Facebook page, organizers call out 97 state legislators who passed the bill and say they will read the names of those lawmakers at Saturday's rally.

They call this a solidarity movement after Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit this week to stop the bill before it takes effect July 1.

“Governor Pence’s signature demonstrates an alarming lack of respect for women,” said Betty Cockrum, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. “It clearly indicates that he doesn’t believe that Hoosier women should be trusted to make their own personal and private health care decisions.”

Saturday’s rally isn’t the first pushback against the abortion law.

The Facebook page ‘Periods for Pence’ has received national attention. It’s another place for women to share their complaints with the governor about the abortion law.

Saturday’s rally at the Indiana Statehouse starts at 1:00 p.m.

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