Thousands rally on opposing sides at Planned Parenthood

Then-First Lady Laura Bush and Akie Abe wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tour Mount Vernon in 2007

"Planned Parenthood is a profit-driven, abortion-centered business that has performed more than 300,000 abortions in the last three years for which data are available".

Thousands of chanting counter protesters, some wearing pink "pussyhats", rallied nearby, carrying pink signs saying "I stand with Planned Parenthood". A small group also rallied in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The group received occasional honks of support or jeers from cars driving by on Newtown Road. Protestors' signs on Saturday said it lies. "We would like to see our public taxpayer money go to nonabortion facilities that still provide health care."Kuhns said she has been a part of the movement for 25 years and stood by others who have been fighting for much longer". Lifegate's pastor Scott Price says he's confident that President Donald Trump will defund Planned Parenthood.

In one of his first acts as president, Trump last month banned US funding to worldwide groups that perform abortions or even provide information about abortions.

Another rally against abortion providers, the 40 Days for Life campaign, will take place in March.

With the new administration in Washington, D.C., taking a closer look at women's reproductive health care and abortion access, both sides of the debate have become more vocal.

But the group's critics call it corrupt. Polling in 2018 Senate battleground states shows that voters support redirecting Planned Parenthood's funding to community health centers.


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Before Obama's order took effect, 15 states had defunded Planned Parenthood on their own, the Examiner reports. She'd used their services when she was a college student with no medical insurance, but had never been active in demonstrating. "I was surprised", Hennessy said.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood were holding events in support of the organization on Saturday.

In St. Paul, Minnesota a police commander on scene estimated the original protesters numbered about 500 while the counter-protesters numbered about 5,000 to 5,500. As of Thursday, more than 600 people said they would attend the rally, with more than 3,000 expressing interest in the event.

Cathy Prey of Oglesby and her sister, Christine Snyder of Ottawa, were among the group showing support for Planned Parenthood.

Panique, now 57, said she was spurred into action by the recent election. Caldwell tells Phillips the organization provided invaluable help for her after she was raped. "We feel like everyone deserves to live".

Snyder then continued, and said, "We are pro-choice, we are not pro-abortion".

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