Federally qualified health centers, which meet women's health care needs without providing abortions, outnumber Planned Parenthood centers in America by a 13 to 1 margin, according to Protestpp.com, the official website of Saturday's rallies. Shouting "Pro-life, that's a lie". Pro-choice advocates marched along Bigelow Boulevard and Forbes Avenue on Pitt's campus three weeks ago to mark the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, chair of the House Select Investigative Panel that recommended defunding Planned Parenthood in December, told Baptist Press "it's encouraging to see so many people coming out to support the pro-life cause".
Anti-abortion activists have rallied in Washington to call on the federal government to cut off payments to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood received $553.7 million in federal funds in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014, its largest single source of money.
"They do a lot of work to help women with reproductive health - not just abortions, obviously - but they help with birth control and cancer screenings and counseling and a whole variety of services, and it seems they're under attack right now, and that concerns me greatly", said Kathy Brown, 58, a supporter of the organization who attended the St. Paul rally.
Hansgen, who is a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, previously sang Christmas carols in front of the local Planned Parenthood offices but hadn't organized anything such as Saturday's rally. I truly don't think they understand.
Protester Liz Harrington says standing in a peaceful protest for Planned Parenthood is necessary.
"In a recent three-year period, Planned Parenthood killed almost one million babies in the womb-what a tragedy", said Rev.
At the nonprofit's NY headquarters, supporters outnumbered a group of 50 abortion rights opponents by a ratio of 3-to-1, and thousands rallied separately at Washington Square Park to support Planned Parenthood.
"People walked up and down the sidewalk, pro Planned Parenthood and people with opposite points of view, and I did not hear a negative word". The counter protesters also called pro-lifers "bigots" and chanted "you don't care if women die!" - on top of other vulgar language ("f*ck you") directed at police. "How do they keep on slaughtering little ones, and yet portray themselves as health clinics?" "We have a person in power who's against us". Correspondent Morgan Radford continued the report on the "anti-abortion demonstrators" or "anti-abortion marchers" versus the "abortion-rights activists".
Weather stops SpaceX from blowing up more satellites
An investigation found that a failed canister of helium inside one of the rockets' oxygen tanks exploded upon launch. The National Weather Service forecast for Vandenberg Air Force Base calls for a chance of rain through Thursday.