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NEW LONDON PATCH: Standing Up for Planned Parenthood

Published: 03.19.11| Updated: 03.19.11

Local supporters protest the federal government’s move to eliminate federal funding for women’s healthcare.

There was a whole lot of hooting and whooping in downtown New London today as about 50 supporters of Planned Parenthood, all in pink t-shirts and holding signs saying “I stand with Planned Parenthood,” stood at the corner of Bank and State Streets, encouraging people to honk in support of women’s reproductive rights.

Judging by the almost unanimous response from passing drivers, they’re not standing alone. Organizer Gretchen Raffa of Planned Parenthood Southern New England couldn’t have been more thrilled. “This is the perfect demonstration. There are people of all ages, all genders. To see this outpouring of support, to see how important Planned Parenthood is to people,” said Raffa, pausing to gain control of her emotions, “I was not expecting this amazing turnout.”

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