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Planned Parenthood supporters descend on Tallahassee

Plannedparenthood aterAbout 200 supporters of Planned Parenthood cruised the halls of the Capitol on Tuesday to raise awareness of 18 bills introduced this year to limit the ability for women to receive an abortion.

"We will not allow any of these things to pass without calling attention to the violation of women's rights that disregard a freedom of conscience and disrespect for individual liberty that all of these bills represent," said Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston, at a noontime rally.

The event took place on what would have been Birth Control Matters Day in Florida, which Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Fort Lauderdale,  wanted officially designated on the House floor. That request, though, was denied by Republicans who control the chamber.

Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, was among those who attended the rally outside the Senate office building.

"This comes from the party of less government intrustion, less regulation," Kriseman said of the abortion bills. "If it's something they don't believe in, they want more regulation."

"All the pieces of legislation, most of them anyway, make the assumption somewhat that women are ignorant as to the decision they're making," said Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach. "I find it absolutely amazing that in 2011 we're having this disicussion."