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Abortion wars to heat up in Raleigh on Wednesday

To protest legislation tighten restrictions on abortions, a number of groups plan to hold what they are calling a “Not In Her Shoes Rally” behind the Legislative Building.

The groups plan will gather Wednesday at noon on the Halifax Mall and distribute shoes to local women's organizations to symbolize to political leaders that they should stay out of women's personal health decisions because they do not “walk in every woman's shoes.''

The really is being sponsored by women's health advocates, ACLU, Ipas, Lillian's List, NARAL, Pro-Choice NC, NC Now, NC Women Matter, NC Women United, Planned Parenthood Health Systems and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina.

A bill was filed last week that would tighten restrictions on abortions by requiring that the doctor performing the operation be present for the entire procedure and remain at the site until the patient has recovered enough to leave. It would also require physicians that perform the abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the places where the procedure is performed.

Last session, the legislature passed a law requiring women seeking abortions to submit to an ultrasound examination and be told what the ultrasound shows.

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