Americans Nationwide Take to Streets to Call for Congressional Defunding of Planned Parenthood

Photo Credit: 40 Days for Life

Pro-life Americans nationwide took to the streets on Saturday to call on Congress to defund the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood.

Demonstrations took place in a reported 45 states and at over 200 Planned Parenthood locations, from California to Alabama, to New York and Florida, with some gatherings drawing dozens and others drawing hundreds.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, an estimated 300 residents participated in the event, 200 joined the protest in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and in Peoria, Illinois approximately 70 people took to the streets to speak out against the abortion giant.

The event was organized by three pro-life entities: Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal and the Pro-Life Action League.

“As long as they are going stay in the abortion business, that is an organization that shouldn’t be getting one red cent of federal tax money,” Monica Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, told Reuters.

Participants gathered at their local Planned Parenthood and held signs expressing their opposition to taxpayer money being distributed to the controversial organization, such as “Defund Planned Parenthood,” “Stop abortion now” and “Abortion is not health care.”

“Why should tax dollars be given to somewhere where they’re doing killings of babies?” participant Marisol Pfaff of Missouri told NPR.

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“They do not have mammograms. They do not provide prenatal care. They do not provide pediatric care, so it is not comprehensive health care for women,” participant Delia Laux of Virginia also told reporters. “Planned Parenthood will say, ‘We’re not using that money for abortion. We’re using it for other services.’ The fact is money is refundable.”

As previously reported, according to Planned Parenthood’s annual report, during the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the organization received $553 million in taxpayer funding/grants in 2014, up from $528 million the year prior, which equated to 43 percent of its total income. $48 million of Planned Parenthood’s income was used for sex education, and $39 million was used for public policy, or to influence legislation, up from $33 million in 2013. Despite its expenditures, it still garnered a $61 million dollar profit.

It aborted 323,999 babies nationwide during that fiscal year, equating to approximately one-third of the more than 900,000 annual abortions in America.

Those who support Planned Parenthood staged counter-protests at more than 100 of the 225 demonstration locations on Saturday, holding signs such as “Women are more than wombs,” “Free abortion on demand” and “I Stand with Planned Parenthood.” Some engaged in chants about “body autonomy” and “women must decide their fate.”

“A fetus is not a baby, abortion is not murder, women are not incubators!” California counter-protester Maya Malika proclaimed, according to the San Francisco gate.

“If you ever, ever, ever really cared about people, you would not want to have someone be murdered,” pro-lifer Arline Miyazaki called out to the those who came to defend the organization. “I’ll pray for you.”

As previously reported, Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and James Lankford, R-Okla., recently introduced the “Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act,” which would redirect the more than $500 million in federal funding from Planned Parenthood to women’s health care providers that do not perform abortions.

The Act notes that community health centers, local health departments, physicians’ offices and others provide a variety of women’s services and pregnancy care—minus the killing. Reports state that there are over 13,500 community health centers alone that assist with women’s health.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Yes!! Life to all children!! May the Lord bless American Christians!!

  • Nidalap

    These protests are all the more impressive considering that its participants likely have jobs and lives of their own. They’re probably not actually being paid to protest/riot like their counterparts on the other side of the ideological divide…

  • tatoo

    You didn’t mention that they were met by even bigger crowds assembled to protect abortion rights and to keep funding PP. your photos prove it. Btw, Happy Darwin Day.

    • HandsomeMrToad

      You know who hates PP more than anyone? Owners of private, independent, fee-for-service, for-profit abortion clinics, that’s who. PP undercuts them, limits the fees they can charge. It’s very hard to compete with a large, no-frills, minimal-cost non-profit funded by charity and by government.

      When PP gets de-funded, or, better still, shut down, owners of private, independent, fee-for-service, for-profit abortion clinics will celebrate with Champagne and caviar.

      • Jason Todd

        Yeah. Considering the money PP gets from profiting from the sales of harvested baby parts, why should they be the only ones who get champagne and caviar?

        • HandsomeMrToad

          PP does not profit from sales of harvested baby parts, and never did. The compensation PP was getting for facilitating donation of harvested baby parts (which is NOT “selling”) was never enough to bring any profit, and now, PP is facilitating the donations for ZERO compensation, and taking a LOSS by doing so.

          • Jason Todd

            The videos speak for themselves and say otherwise.

          • HandsomeMrToad

            No, they don’t. You have to watch the raw, unedited footage (or read the transcripts).

            Center for Medical Progress claimed that PP’s Dr. Gatter “haggled” over the compensation rate. In fact, the raw-footage of the interview shows that Dr. Gatter accepts the “buyer”‘s very first offer, and immediately changes the subject, without making any attempt whatsoever to haggle or to increase the compensation rate AT ALL.

            According to several experts in the field, the compensation Planned Parenthood received for fetal tissue was too low to make any profit for Planned Parenthood and constituted reasonable compensation for the costs of procurement, as allowed by Federal law. These experts included Sherilyn J. Sawyer, the director of Harvard University’s and Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s biorepository; Jim Vaught, president of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories and formerly the deputy director of the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research; and Carolyn Compton, the chief medical and science officer of Arizona State University’s National Biomarkers Development Alliance and a former director of biorepositories and biospecimen research at the National Cancer Institute. These folks know better than you, Mr. Jason Todd.

          • Jason Todd

            Appeal to authority.

            Look, you may want to defend PP regardless of what they do (and I stand by my original statement; the complete videos do not exonerate them one iota (remember Miss Lamborghini?)). But you won’t get away with it on my watch.

          • HandsomeMrToad

            Some authorities are, well, authoritative. That’s the meaning of the word “expert”.

            And the “Lamborghini” comment was a joke; even the ultra-pro-life news
            source LIFESITENEWS-DOT-COM acknowledged that it was a joke. (Can’t post a link here–censored–but google “lifesitenews lamborghini joke” to see the headline.)

            Look, you may want to impugn PP regardless of what they do (and I stand by my original statement; the complete videos DO exonerate them completely.) But you won’t get away with it on my watch.

          • Jason Todd

            There will be a time coming when the slaughter of the unborn will no longer occur. Either we will put an end to it, or Jesus will upon His return.

          • HandsomeMrToad

            Jesus Christ is a very holey person. He has holes in His hands and holes in His feet. The holes in His feet are the reason He does not walk on water any more.

          • Jason Todd

            Blasphemy. Blocked.

          • HandsomeMrToad

            “Run awaaaaaaaaay!” —Monty Python and the Holy Grail

          • Jackson

            They are still dealing in body parts and that is against the laws.

          • HandsomeMrToad

            No. Whether or not they were “dealing in” body-parts depends on how you define “dealing in”, and they certainly were NOT breaking the law.

            RE: “dealing in”.

            They were not “selling” any tissues or parts; they were FACILITATING DONATIONS from the PATIENTS. If this seems like a meaningless distinction to you, consider the following example: . Suppose a famous ball-player decides to donate his first bat and glove, from his childhood, to a sports museum. He needs a lawyer to handle the legal aspects of the donation, but he doesn’t want to pay the lawyer’s fee himself, so he tells the museum: “I’ll donate, but you must pay the lawyer’s fee”. The lawyer agrees to accept a minimal fee, just enough to cover the expenses he incurs by facilitating the donation, but not enough for him to make profit.

            Then the lawyer FACILITATES THE DONATION, and the museum COMPENSATES HIM for doing so, BUT, the lawyer is not SELLING the glove and bat to the museum.

            In this analogy, the bat and glove correspond to fetal tissue specimens (“baby-parts”), the lawyer corresponds to PP, the abortion patient corresponds to the famous ball-player, and the museum corresponds to the biotech companies.

            RE: “against the laws”

            42 U.S. Code § 289g–2 – Prohibitions regarding human fetal tissue

            …(e) Definitions

            For purposes of this section:

            …(3) The term “valuable consideration” [which you are not allowed to receive] does not include reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue. (My emphasis and [bracketed explanation]–HMT).

          • Jackson

            Did you watch all the videos it sounds like you have not. PPH said they never dealt in body parts, that came out as a blatant lie in the film.

          • HandsomeMrToad

            I watched both versions–the short, edited version, and the raw footage–of the interview with Dr. Gatter, which was the second video which the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released. The edits, and the claims which CMP made about the interview, directly contradicted the raw footage in at least two ways. 1. CMP claimed that Dr. Gatter was “haggling”, but the raw footage showed that Dr. Gatter immediately accepted the “buyer”‘s very first offer, and changed the subject without making any attempt to increase the compensation. So no haggling. And, 2. the short, edited version purported to show Dr. Gatter offering to violate the law against changing from one abortion procedure to another procedure in order to get specimens, but the raw-footage showed that she in fact went out of her way to AVOID violating, or promising to violate, that law, even in the most trivial, superficial way. After I saw what CMP was up to, I lost interest.

            But PP never denied facilitating donations of tissues and getting compensation for doing so (which you call “dealing in” parts).

          • I am never quite sure whether or not people believe this hyperbole that they regurgitate. Patients are free to donate fetal tissue and PP does nothing more than direct the donations to appropriate research facilities. They recouped expenses until they changed policy to receive nothing. It is all perfectly lawful.

            This naive tissue is essential for some research. This is, in many cases, life saving research. The alternative is to dispose of the tissue as medical waste

    • Jason Todd


      • Sven

        Are you kidding?
        This one pulls her nonsense out of thin air.

  • As previously reported, according to Planned Parenthood’s annual report, during the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the organization received $553 million in taxpayer funding/grants in 2014, up from $528 million the year prior, which equated to 43 percent of its total income. $48 million of Planned Parenthood’s income was used for sex education, and $39 million was used for public policy, or to influence legislation, up from $33 million in 2013. Despite its expenditures, it still garnered a $61 million dollar profit.

    Where on earth are these numbers coming from? I am looking at the consolidated financial statement audited by KPMG for the year ended June 30, 2015. The numbers are consistent with the 990 filing with the IRS. Total revenues were $233 million and fund balances decreased by $3 million. Moreover, non-profit entities (including those that you disapprove of) do not report profits — they report changes in fund balances (net asset value).

    • Jason Todd

      So what’s your point? It doesn’t matter what PP allegedly used taxpayer money for. They harvest and sell baby parts. They protect child molesters. I don’t want a dime of my money to go to them ***PERIOD.***

      • The “point” is that, in the absence of coherent explanation, the numbers that the piece reported are apparently incorrect by significant amounts. Where do you see me addressing how Planned Parenthood uses money?

        Your gratuitous, off-topic hyperbole serves no purpose whatsoever.

        • Jason Todd

          And your post is irrelevant, as the article is about people objecting to taxpayer monies being used to fund Planned Parenthood.

          People with a heartbeat should be against this.

  • Johnny

    Why should my tax dollars go to provide the promotion of slutism.

    • antifasciste

      Why should my tax dollars go to assist the promotion of mythology?

      • johndoe

        People on food stamps do not pay taxes, so you needn’t worry.

        • antifasciste

          Religious institutions don’t pay taxes, allows them more $$ for proselytizing the dogma.

  • Johnny

    If it’s a choice you want then you pay for it not me you sluts.