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Hundreds stand up for women’s rights during reproductive rally

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Tuesday, it was standing room only in the Capitol Rotunda as hundreds of men and women gathered to rally for reproductive rights.

Protesters stood up for women's rights and spoke out against changes to Kentucky's abortion laws.

“I am an abortion provider because I value the lives, health and dreams of my patients,” said Dr. Sarah Wallett, an OB-GYN.

The rally comes after an abortion law was recently changed in Kentucky, requiring a woman to meet in person or by video with a physician before terminating a pregnancy.

The move by lawmakers angered those fighting for women's reproductive rights.

“To that disrespect of our patients, Planned Parenthood says 'no, we will not go back,'” said Kim Greene, the Planned Parenthood Board Chair-Elect.

But pro-life organizations, like Kentucky Right to Life, say it was a move that needed to happen and that some physicians were getting around the rule by allowing patients to listen to a phone message.

“We simply wanted the bill to be interpreted just like any other medical procedure, which requires a face-to-face consultation with your physician prior to having any kind of surgical procedure,” said Michael Janocik, Assistant Director of Kentucky Right to Life Association.

There are other bills that opponents are rallying against, including Senate Bill 7, which would cut much of the funding for clinics that offer abortion referrals or counseling.

There's also Senate Bill 152, which would require an ultrasound prior to an abortion.

“These sorts of restrictions and these bills that are aimed to bully and shame women just need to stop,” said Derek Selznick, the Reproductive Freedom Project Director with the ACLU of Kentucky.

Pro-life supporters believe they have the support in Frankfort to pass these bills that have outraged opponents.

“They've been claiming for years this is about health care, so let’s make it about health care and hold them to the same standards,” said Michael Janocik.

Those rallying for reproductive rights say there has to be another solution.

“Let's try and reduce the need for abortion for things like Title X family planning funds. That is the way we can all come together on this,” said Derek Selznick.

To see the latest on proposed bills in Frankfort and where they stand, click here.

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