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'Not in her shoes' rally protests proposed abortion bill

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RALEIGH -- Hundreds of women gathered on the Halifax Mall Wednesday to rally against new legislation they feel would put unnecessary restrictions on abortion practices.

Dozens of shoes were laid out on the mall Wednesday to prove a point.

"You don't walk in a woman's shoes. You don't know what she's going through. So don't try to legislate her health decisions," said Paige Johnson with Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina.

Women from all walks of life gathered in Raleigh to rally against recent legislation they feel targets a woman's right to choose. Specifically, Senate Bill 308, would place additional regulations on clinics that perform abortions.

Lawmakers who sponsored the bill said it's aimed at ensuring the safety of the patient by requiring abortion clinics to be near a hospital and also require the physician to have admitting privileges at the hospital.

"This is a major medical procedure. It needs to make sure that we don't have complications rising from it. We want to ensure the health of the mother," said Sen. Andrew Brock, R-Davie.

"How can there be a relationship between a woman and her doctor if the doctor's not required to be present? so that's part of the bill that I think makes a lot of sense," said Sen. Warren Daniel, R-Burke.

But pro-choice supporters said they see the bill as an attack on a woman's right to choose.

"A doctor and a woman should be making those decisions together and that politicians have no place in that conversation," said Suzanne Buckley with NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina.

It's a conversation that lawmakers and health care officials have been having for years as the bill becomes the latest step in the ongoing abortion legislation debate.

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