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Published on Jul 9, 2013

July 8, 2013 The first Moral Monday protest following the dramatic Sharia Law/abortion debate in the North Carolina Senate (http://www.storyofamerica.org/sharia_...) was the largest protest yet. The NC House takes up the Sharia Law/abortion bill today, July 9. Protesters are gathering at 9 am ahead of a committee hearing at 10 am.

Anne Blythe and John Frank wrote for the Raleigh News and Observer:

Demonstrators gathered at the North Carolina Legislative Building as they have for 10 Mondays now, but many women wore pink this week to protest what they described as an assault on women's rights and access to health care.

The demonstration, organized by the state NAACP and drawing national media attention, came five days after the state Senate adopted an omnibus bill that would essentially close down all but one of the state's abortion clinics. Police estimated the crowd to be about 2,000 people. Organizers estimated nearly 4,000.

"Moral Monday" organizers have organized next week's demonstration to focus on women -- with women speakers scheduled to talk about the impact that new laws and policies will have on the state's females.

Women's issues, however, were very much a topic this week. Janet Colm, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, was among the more than 60 arrested on Monday.

Before she was arrested, Colm, who has been at Planned Parenthood for three decades, said she did not make her decision lightly. In many ways she is a person of rules and order, and getting a traffic ticket, her only other brush with the law, troubled her greatly.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/0...

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