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Posted at 07:38 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Demonstrators to rally against abortion bills outside the Capitol

Protestors will gather at Capitol Square on Saturday to rally against General Assembly proposals that they say chip away at abortion rights.

The event, organized by activists who call themselves Speak Loud with Silence, will start with a march through downtown Richmond and end with a rally outside the Capitol.
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax), left, addresses a "Stands for Women's Rights" rally at the Bell Tower in Capitol Square in Richmond Feb. 20. (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH)

Speakers will include members of various women’s rights organizations.

Several abortion bills have already died — including those that define a fertilized egg as a person; denying state-funded abortions to poor women with grossly deformed fetuses and banning abortions after 20 weeks.

But at least one — requiring women to get an ultrasound before an abortion — is already on its way to the governor’s desk after being amended to no longer mandate a vaginal probe.

Two weeks ago, more than 1,200 people lined Capitol Square in silent protest against the abortion bills. Last week, another 150 people gathered outside the governor’s mansion.

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