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Anti-abortion activists rally at Planned Parenthood in Raleigh

Posted August 22, 2015 4:01 a.m. EDT
Updated August 23, 2015 9:10 a.m. EDT

— 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.