Pro Life VS Pro Choice: Protesters Spar Over Agency Linked To Abortion Services

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

March 8, 2011 Updated Mar 8, 2011 at 7:19 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Emotions were running high Tuesday outside the Capitol Building in Indianapolis, for a rally featuring supporters and opponents of Planned Parenthood.

The two sides sparred over legislative bills proposed by republican lawmakers, including one that could cut off state government funding to Planned Parenthood.

More than 200 backers of the organization that provides reproductive health services to more than 20,000 Hoosier women packed in elbow to elbow on the south lawn of the Statehouse late morning, to crusade against the funding cutback.

They say it's a poorly disguised attempt to limit access to abortion, and that a range of services will suffer too.

Jade Eguia/Fort Wayne: " I think that it's wrong that they're trying to take away the funding for low income women. I mean, it's not all just about abortion, it's about health care too. They provide birth control, they provide condoms."

Pastor Adam Briggs/Opposes Planned Parenthood: " I do support the defunding of Planned Parenthood. No tax dollars should ever go to a murderous organization."

Another bill, House Bill 1210, seeks to force abortion providers to tell patients the procedure could possibly increase the risk of breast cancer.

One Planned Parenthood supporter we spoke with said lawmakers need to stop legislating medicine.

But the other side argues patients should know all the possible side effects before they get on the operating table.

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