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Pro-Abortion Rights Supporters Rally During Special Session

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Pro-abortion rights supporters are rallying at the Missouri Capitol in opposition to Republican proposals to further regulate the procedure.

Roughly 200 people gathered in the Rotunda on Wednesday as the Republican-led Senate prepared to take up legislation that would, among other things, require annual inspections for abortion clinics and nullify a St. Louis ordinance prohibiting discrimination in hiring or housing based on reproductive decisions.

Groups such as Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri and others called the rally the "People's Special Session" and said there are other issues lawmakers could address that matter more to residents.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens called lawmakers back to Jefferson City for the second time this summer for a special session focused solely on abortion.

Greitens is leading an anti-abortion rally Wednesday at the Capitol.

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