Hundreds rally for Planned Parenthood at Capitol

Hundreds rally for Planned Parenthood at Capitol

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HEMPSTEAD, NY - OCTOBER 16: Women protest for continued funding of Planned Parenthood outside Hofstra University prior to the second presidential debate on October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York. U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will debate in a town hall style meeting this evening at the university. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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by WILL WEISSERT

The Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 7 at 1:34 PM

AUSTIN –– Hundreds of activists have rallied outside the Texas Capitol for Planned Parenthood, one of the organizations most-vilified by conservative lawmakers inside the building.

Thursday is Planned Parenthood's annual lobbying day and after the demonstration, the crowd fanned out to meet individually with legislators.

The Republican-controlled Legislature targeted Planned Parenthood in 2011, when it outlawed state funds going to organizations linked to abortion providers.

The Senate Education Committee has also begun mulling a bill barring Planned Parenthood from teaching sex education in public schools — even though that only happens in rare cases around the state.

Native Texan and actress Stephanie March of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" fame told demonstrators: "I'm tired of Texas being crazy!" That drew sustained applause and hollering.

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