#ProtestPP says that, contrary to Planned Parenthood's claims to be a provider of women's health care, it is "not a general health care service provider".
On Long Island, small groups of demonstrators gathered outside clinics in Hempstead, Smithtown and Patchogue for about an hour and a half. He'd prefer to see his tax dollars go toward helping veterans and the homeless.
Tiffany Harms, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, said the opposition's use of the word "defunding" is a misnomer.
Jennifer Childs-Roshak, the president of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of MA, stressed that rally organizers "refuse to let extreme politicians take us backwards".
Abortion opponents pray and protest outside Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, Minn., on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.
"I really believe women deserve more options than abortion, and it's important to stand up for all women including the unborn as well", added Jessi Engelsma, a protester of Planned Parenthood. Defunding Planned Parenthood is a unsafe political ploy that could devastate thousands of women, men and teens who need care the most.
It is time our new president puts a stop to the funding of this organization.
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Some users wondered what some of the state's more high profile elected officials were doing about the reported raids. Al Labrada called the crowd "peaceful" and said the main concerns were the flow of traffic and pedestrian safety.
At some points, Planned Parenthood supporters formed lines to block about 50 people marching from the Supreme Court to a Planned Parenthood clinic but police officers moved them aside.
On Jan. 27, tens of thousands converged on Washington for the 44th March for Life, where Pence, formerly governor of IN, became the most senior government official to speak IN person at the annual anti-abortion rally, organizers said.
Attendees, who lined Battlefield Road in south Springfield, told the News-Leader they support women having access to health care, but they don't want taxpayer money funding abortions. The word "peaceful" however would not apply as the Pro-choicers on the Planned Parenthood side of the street chanted loudly. "They're making us complicit in what we think is evil".
Cathy Prey of Oglesby and her sister, Christine Snyder of Ottawa, were among the group showing support for Planned Parenthood.
"We want to support life", 14-year-old Luis Garcia Jr. said without hesitation.
Another person connected with Roe vs. Wade was Dr. Bernard Nathason, who later said he lied about how many abortions were taking place so the law would be passed.