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Anti-abortion supporters protest outside Planned Parenthood facilities in Indiana


LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Anti-abortion supporters protested outside Planned Parenthood facilities in Indiana on Saturday, calling on lawmakers to stop funding the organization.

"We care about women's health," Cera McCarragher told about 100 protesters Saturday outside a facility in Lafayette, The Journal & Courier reported. "Abortion is not health care. Abortion is a violent violation of a woman's body."

In Mishawaka, several hundred people protested a facility just east of South Bend. Some of the protesters held signs with such slogans as "Planned Parenthood: Bad for Michiana" and "Abortion hurts women." Some motorists honked in support.

"I'm here to raise awareness of this issue," Alyssa Rosselli of LaPorte told the South Bend Tribune. She said she believes all governmental funding of Planned Parenthood should be eliminated.

Protests also were held in Evansville and Fort Wayne.

Tammy Lieber, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, said protests at the organization's facilities are nothing new, saying it had security measures in place.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence had ordered an investigation of Planned Parenthood facilities in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Merrillville to see if organs from aborted fetuses were being sold. The Indiana Department of Health said in a statement July 31 that an investigation found no evidence of any laws being broken.

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