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Planned Parenthood Advocates Rally For Reproductive Rights

Nearly a hundred people rallied outside the Allen Street Gates in downtown State College on Saturday morning to show support for Planned Parenthood.

Supporters held signs and chanted in their pink accessories. Their spirits were high, especially when cars passing by honked to cheer for the rally. 

Samantha Worthing is an organizer from Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. She said the rally was about standing up for reproductive rights and reproductive health care access for all people.

The Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill No. 3 on Wednesday, banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy instead of the current 24-week cutoff, with no exception for rape or for incest.

“It’s a problem that so many of our senators voted yes for this," Worthing said. "And that’s part of the urgency that we’re standing here today. We’re going to fight to make sure that everybody can get reproductive health care for all of our people and all of our community.”

Worthing said the bill passed with no public hearing and no input from the medical community, adding urgency for Planned Parenthood supporters to speak out. Governor Tom Wolf has said he will veto the bill if it passes.