Virginia GOP's Defunding of Planned Parenthood Will be Vetoed

Posted February 12, 2017

The counter protesters say Planned Parenthood's services encompass much more than abortion and they support a woman's right to make decisions about her body.

Outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Dallas suburb of Plano, about 20 anti-abortion protesters gathered - a few more than a typical Saturday, attendees said. Dayton Women's Rights Alliance organizer Joy Schwab says data shows one-in-five American women have used Planned Parenthood for general women's health services.

Planned Parenthood says cutting off those funds would make it more hard for women to get birth control, Pap smears or testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

Groups were prompted by a national "Defund Planned Parenthood" rally planned for Saturday by the group #ProtestPPCoalition. Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion chain, receives more than $420 million from the federal government every year.

"Planned Parenthood is a deceptive company".

She said the organization was a source of "contraceptives, education and preventive care".

Planned Parenthood has long faced scrutiny for offering abortions, though the procedure constitutes about 3 percent of the services it provided nationally in 2014, according to the organization.

"We are closer than we've ever been to defunding Big Abortion-Planned Parenthood".

"The federal government should not be sending taxpayer dollars to abortion providers, and it shouldn't force states to do so either", McCarthy told The Washington Examiner in a statement.

Many protestors in Siouxland share this same hope and belief.

Thayer is on the board of Right to Life, an anti-abortion group that joined in on the movement to urge leaders to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

Magliocco added that "women's health care is available everywhere, hospitals, doctors, free clinics". "Instead we encourage supporters to attend one of Congressman Greg Walden's town halls today in Eastern Oregon, or the Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon Lobby Day Rally at noon Tuesday, February 28th on the Capitol steps in Salem".

"I'm not quibbling with them about abortion. I think that is well documented, we don't have to wonder", said Carpentier.

Around 25 stopped by to craft valentines for Planned Parenthood staffers sharing their appreciation and write notes to elected officials - several of whom were women like Loveless who have only recently started speaking out about political issues.