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Jul 15, 2013 9:05 PM

Hundreds Protest Passage of New Abortion Restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - About 300 people gathered in front of the Texas Capitol during a heavy rainstorm to protest the approval of sweeping new restrictions on abortion.

The gathering came as part of the National Day of Action that included similar rallies planned in several cities. The events were organized by the International Socialist Organization and other left-leaning community organizing groups. Also supporting the effort were abortion rights groups, including NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.

About 200 people, most protesting the restrictions, showed up amid rainy skies in downtown Dallas as well.

The Austin event paled in comparison to similar demonstrations that drew thousands of people in the weeks leading up to the vote.

On Friday, the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a sweeping omnibus measure giving Texas some of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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