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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Abortions opponents held a rally at the Alabama Capitol, savoring victory as Alabama and other states seek stringent abortion bans.

Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America said the Wednesday rally was to celebrate the passage of the Alabama law and to thank lawmakers.

Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation that would outlaw abortion in most cases. It hasn’t taken effect and is expected to be blocked as a legal challenge plays out.

Standing in front of the banner, “Pro-Life Pro-Woman,” speakers said they are gaining momentum in the fight against abortion.

Rally speakers included women who regretted abortions and a man whose birth mother refused to have an abortion after a rape.

A counter-protester shouted “forced birth extremists” at the group who shouted back “pro-woman, pro-life.”

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5/22/2019 2:41:48 PM (GMT -5:00)

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