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Published March 25, 2013, 07:16 PM

Local Rally One of Many Statewide Over Abortion Legislation

Those in opposition of abortion legislation are rallying across the state to protest a package of bills that would give the state the toughest abortion restrictions in the nation. Grand Forks abortion-rights activists just wrapped up a rally showing their support of women's rights and hoping the Governor hears their message.

Those in opposition of abortion legislation are rallying across the state to protest a package of bills that would give the state the toughest abortion restrictions in the nation. Grand Forks abortion-rights activists just wrapped up a rally showing their support of women's rights and hoping the Governor hears their message.

On the corner of DeMers and Washington more than a hundred people gathered to show support and discuss legislation affecting women's rights to privacy in health care. The rally started shortly after four this afternoon.

Three of the four bills passed by the North Dakota Legislature to limit abortions were sent to Governor Jack Dalrymple today. All is needed is a signature from him to turn those three bills into law, although he hasn't indicated his decision. Protesters at the rally were chanting, "what do we want? - women's rights! - When do we want it? - now!"

We spoke with a UND professor of constitutional law earlier and he told us he sent testimony to the legislature explaining the devastating affects these bills could have.

Steven Morrison, UND Constitutional Law Associate Professor: "Indeed the country is looking closely at what Governor Dalrymple is going to do, there are a number of reasons why he constitutionally and legally should veto these bills. My belief is if he signs one he'll sign all of them."

Professor Morrison says rape and incest does not apply with all four bills, some of the reason why people are protesting.

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