- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - About 200 people attended a rally at the Arkansas Capitol to express support for reproductive health and abortion rights.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1ZWOV4a ) that Saturday’s sixth annual Arkansas Rally for Reproductive Justice included speakers calling for better sex education, reproductive-health services for transgender people and safe and easy access to abortion.

Speakers called recent abortion legislation in Arkansas harmful to women, saying it caused delays in obtaining abortions, increased the cost and perpetuated scientifically inaccurate information about certain abortion procedures.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear Arkansas’ appeal of a judge’s decision to strike down a 2013 law banning abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Arkansas Legislature has passed other laws restricting abortions the past two years.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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