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Abortion rights demonstrators chant outside Planned Parenthood in Olympia

Abortion rights demonstrators chant outside Planned Parenthood

Abortion rights activists demonstrate outside Olympia's Planned Parenthood on Legion Way Southeast on Friday, May 24, 2019.
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Abortion rights activists demonstrate outside Olympia's Planned Parenthood on Legion Way Southeast on Friday, May 24, 2019.

A few dozen abortion rights demonstrators, some carrying signs and dressed as handmaidens from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” gathered outside Olympia’s Planned Parenthood on Legion Way Southeast on Friday afternoon.

As they arrived, three anti-abortion demonstrators who had already been waving signs outside the building got up and left. The abortion-rights group chanted “My body, my choice” and shouted “See you tomorrow” to the men leaving.

The protest comes amid a national debate over abortion rights in the wake of new laws passed in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and elsewhere.

Earlier this month, Alabama’s governor signed into law a measure that would prohibit most abortions, regardless of circumstance. So far this year, seven other states have passed their own abortion laws.

In Olympia, anti-abortion activists have demonstrated outside Planned Parenthood on a weekly basis. Last year, confrontations between people on both sides of the debate turned violent.

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