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Pro-choice and Pro-Life supporters rally to voice opinions on Indiana's new restrictions

The collective voice of thousands of pro-choice advocates rose up Saturday outside the Indiana Statehouse.

The collective voice of thousands of pro-choice advocates rose up Saturday outside the Indiana Statehouse.

Women and men came to protest Indiana's new abortion restrictions signed into law by Governor Mike Pence.

"It just shows that so many women and men are angry about the passage of this bill," said Annate Gross.

The new law includes a ban on abortions sought because of genetic abnormalities, gender or race. It also requires aborted fetuses to be buried or cremated.

"You are restricting women's rights to make a personal decision, and bodily autonomy has to prevail," said protester Katherine Weidman.

"So, it's going to be restrictive. It's punitive. It's illegal," she added.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has joined the ACLU challenging the restrictions, calling them unconstitutional. The law set to take effect July 1 places Indiana at the forefront of having the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation. North Dakota is the only other state with a similar law.

"Companies, they look at this legislation and they want to move out. They don't support it," said Steven Romweber.

"It's not just affecting human rights, it's affecting our economic situation here in Indiana," he added.

Compared to the pro-choice supporters, pro-life advocates only numbered in the dozens.

Some of them also expressed their displeasure with the law, for entirely different reasons though.

"This will not save one baby. All you have to say is, 'No, I'm not killing this baby cause he's black or because she's a girl, or because she has Down Syndrome. I'm killing the baby because of other reasons,' and you can kill the baby," said Rudy Guerrero with Indiana Intercessors for Life.

Indiana's Right to Life issued a statement saying nearly 1,000 pro-life advocates gathered in Lake County Friday and said Evansville will play host to the nation's largest pro-life banquet with thousands expected for it later this month.

"Our goal here today is to lift up the truth for the little ones, to be their voice because they have no voice," said Guerrero.

Both sides said they planned to make sure their voices were heard beyond Saturday's rally at the polls in November.