A House panel heard testimony about conscience and religious freedom Thursday from (left) Rev. William E. Lori, Catholic Bishop of Bridgeport, Conn.; Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod; C. Ben Mitchell, Union University; Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Yeshiva University; and Craig Mitchell, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Protesters against new regulations limiting abortion rights rally outside the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., last Sept. Orlin Wagner/AP hide caption

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Wife Deborah Bryant waits as Mississippi Governor-elect Phil Bryant thanks a supporter Tuesday at a victory party. Bryant supported a controversial amendment to the state's constitution on "personhood." Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Planned Parenthood of Arizona president and CEO Bryan Howard, explains it's ending abortion services in three Arizona cities to comply with state laws that place restrictions on abortions, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz.

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