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Planned Parenthood starts two-day protest across from governor's mansion

Planned Parenthood supporters will stand opposite Gov. Pat McCrory’s Blount Street mansion Monday and Tuesday to protest his intent to sign a restrictive abortion bill.

In a press conference on Friday, McCrory said he would sign House Bill 353, which would limit insurance coverage for abortion and place stricter regulations on clinics providing the procedure. Planned Parenthood – a nationwide sexual and reproductive health care provider – and other abortion-rights groups and activists have demonstrated against the bill for the past several weeks, reminding the governor that he promised while campaigning not to sign any legislation further restricting abortion.

“I think it’s probably highly unlikely he will keep his word (and veto the bill), but I want him to know women are going to hold him accountable,” said Melissa Reed, the vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood.

People who claim McCrory would be restricting access by signing the bill "are more interested in the politics of abortion than the health and safety of North Carolina’s women," said Kim Genardo, the governor’s communications director.

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