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Protesters Rally In Front of Capitol Because of Abortion Measures


North Dakota continues to be in the spotlight, as the nation waits to see what Governor Jack Dalrymple will do with a handful of anti-abortion bills.

Governor Dalrymple has until the end of the week to either sign the anti-abortion bills into law, or veto them.

This afternoon hundreds of protestors rally outside the state capitol sending a loud and clear message to the governor.

<<A loud and heated debate, draws in a lot of noisy and frustrated people to the State Capitol, as hundreds of people chant and hold signs, protesting against the Anti-Abortion Bills that now lye in the hands of Governor Jack Dalrymple.

"My main concern is that I don't want my daughters to be the first generation of women who grow up with fewer rights than I had," Ann Porter said.

"We're not in 1970 anymore we're in 2013, we need to make sure that we actually have a say in what we're doing and why we want to do it," Jenn Bailey said.

Some protestors thought the focus of this legislative session would be much different.

"I had expected the legislature would be focusing on infrastructure needs this year, with the $1.5 billion surplus." Signe Snortland said.

Instead they find themselves here rallying against a very controversial issue.

"I'm passionate about women's privacy a women's right to make her own decisions when it comes to reproductive rights and I just can't sit down and be quiet," Porter said.

"I believe I should have my own, I should be able to make my own choice about my body and what I want to do with it," Ashley Rastemayer said.

While there's hundreds of people here today against the anti-abortion measures that are in front of the governors desk, there's also a handful of people here that support them.

"I'm hoping that these bills go forward I'm very very excited for our state we could be the Frontier State we could be moving forward for all women and children so that everyone knows the dignity of all human life to be loved and respected from conception to death," Shelly Preszler said.

Those in favor of the anti-abortion measures say the Governor has the opportunity to make history.

"Now he has the opportunity to make the change, to stand for life and that's priceless, that's absolutely priceless." Isabel Hernaic said.

The governor has just days to make his decision, a decision that could make history.>>

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