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Pro-Choice advocates rally at the Capitol

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey asked the public Saturday for input on the state's abortion laws.

On Tuesday, the AG heard from nearly one hundred pro-choice activists.

Dressed in purple and white, the protestors called on Morrisey to stop attacks on women's health.

Many protestors told 13 News, they are fearful abortions could become more expensive and difficult to obtain.

Armed with signs and filled with fury, hundreds of abortion protestors gathered inside the capitol.

 Their mission was to send a message to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

"We want to send a message that reproductive healthcare is essential for the women of West Virginia and it needs to happen without government interference," said Margaret Chapman Pomponio, executive director of WV Free."

On Tuesday Chapman and others called on the state to counter calls to regulate abortion procedures.

"The attack on these health clinics would be cutting back on those health services and we can't afford to do that," said Aila Accad, a registered nurse and protestor.

Last month lawmakers and anti-abortion groups campaigned for stricter rules.

West Virginia is one of ten states that do not require a licensed doctor to perform abortions.

"All we are asking is that we make the playing field level. If other medical facilities have to abide by regulations they should too," said Matt Jacob, spokesman for Woman's Choice.

These groups want to crack down by licensing providers and inspecting facilities.

"As it stands right now, I have a better shot of being in a sterile environment if I go down to have a medical procedure at our local McDonalds," said Jacob.

Attorney General Morrisey issued a statement about the protest.

In part, he said "The people gathered at the Capitol today have the right to express their opinions, and I would not discourage them from doing so."