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Anti-abortion activists rally at Planned Parenthood in Raleigh

Posted August 22, 2015
Updated August 23, 2015

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— Dozens of anti-abortion activists rallied outside Planned Parenthood in Raleigh Saturday morning as part of a large collection of protests across the Carolinas and the country.

More than 100 people held signs and packed sidewalks near the South Boylan Avenue location at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The groups protesting Saturday want to call attention to secretly taped videos that show Planned Parenthood officials elsewhere discussing the collection of fetal organs for research. Activists say the videos released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal tissue for profit.

Planned Parenthood officials contend that any tissue donations are legal and ethical, as federal law allows abortion providers to be paid for processing fees. Regional officials say no clinic in the Carolinas participates in tissue donation.

The videos have prompted Republican lawmakers across the country to call for investigations.

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  • Chris Holder Aug 24, 2015
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    You used the word "kill". Does that mean you think abortion is murder?

  • Chris Holder Aug 24, 2015
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    I was assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that you think abortion is murder. If it's not murder, what is it, in your opinion? If it were to be illegal, who would be punished if someone does it? What would the punishment be?

  • Belle Boyd Aug 23, 2015
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    I don't believe in abortions at all. I don't believe you should kill a precious, innocent life. I don't believe you should carve up a baby for profit/science (if you do make sure the heart isn't still beating when cutting the brain out).
    I was saying that I can understand why people are victims of rape/incest or have medical problems see an abortion as the only thing.
    There are people/stories out there that show/tell why they regret having an abortion. There are stories of people who wanted an abortion, but then changed their minds and having a child is the best thing that ever happened to them.
    There are other options out there besides abortion. But again, I can understand why it may be the only option in certain cases.

  • Patrick Morningstar Aug 23, 2015
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    What do you mean who am i going to hold responsible? If someone chooses to have an illegal surgery in an unsafe environment, I would have to blame them? Who do you hold responsible if you cut your leg off in your basement?

  • James Madison Aug 23, 2015
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    While I absolutely agree that it is time for an organized, amicable split, I do not think it will ever happen. While this administration in particular had been methodically sowing seeds of division in every conceivable area (race/gender/sexuality/wealth/abortion/law enforcement/etc...), their goal is balkanization and chaos, while still keeping that sweet sweet tax revenue flowing. Orderly separation will never be allowed, because the other side, despite their twisted hatred of us and our values, simply cannot survive without us.

  • James Madison Aug 23, 2015
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    The full, unedited videos are available, and have been all along. This is something that anyone who is 'armed with the facts' should know.

  • Carol Smith Aug 23, 2015
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    These people are not armed with facts about the videos. They were heavily edited against PP.

  • Chris Holder Aug 23, 2015
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    Who you gonna hold responsible if you have your way and abortions are illegal? What will you do for the women who will still choose to get abortions, but now in unsafe, unregulated, often dangerous ways?

  • Patrick Morningstar Aug 23, 2015
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    Mature

  • Patrick Morningstar Aug 23, 2015
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    No, my neighbor didn't. Just like babies don't decide to have abortions.

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