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NMSU students host Planned Parenthood rally

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - While Planned Parenthood officials defended their use of federal funding, students at New Mexico State University protested in support of the organization and its programs including abortion.

Republican lawmakers have been trying to defend the group since undercover videos were posted by a group dedicated to making the abortions illegal. The videos supposedly show staff members talking about the sale of fetal tissue.

On Tuesday, Planned Parenthood asked its supporters to update their social media accounts by turning their profile pictures pink.

Planned Parenthood called it "National Pink Out Day."

In Las Cruces, 20 protesters, wearing pink shirts, gathered outside the Corbett Center Student Union to show their support.

Kathryn Von Dasing, one of the event's organizers told KFOX14, "We shouldn't have other people telling us what to do and how we should live our life. We should choose our family in our own way."

Meanwhile, an ongoing protest across town promoted a pro-life message.

Mark Cavaliere, the group's coordinator, told KFOX14, "We welcome the dialogue. I always enjoy talking to the people who disagree with us. So we're always happy when they come out here."

The 40 Days of Life campaign will run through next month.

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