- Associated Press - Saturday, August 22, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Anti-abortion activists are protesting outside Planned Parenthood clinics across the Carolinas.

The protests in the Carolinas on Saturday morning are among hundreds of protests organized nationwide by anti-abortion groups.

They want to call attention to secretly taped videos that show Planned Parenthood officials elsewhere discussing the collection of fetal organs for research. Activists say the videos released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal tissue for profit.

Planned Parenthood officials contend that any tissue donations are legal and ethical, as federal law allows abortion providers to be paid for processing fees. Regional officials say no clinic in the Carolinas participates in tissue donation.

The videos have prompted Republican lawmakers across the country to call for investigations.

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