Over the weekend, 151 Planned Parenthood centers were met by pro-life protestors, calling on President Trump and the Republican-led Congress to cease the funding of Planned Parenthood.
The protests took place across the United States, in 40 different states, with over 5,000 participants. This was third annual National Day of Prayer and Protest Against Planned Parenthood.
“A major focus of the protests was to call on Trump to change the rules governing Title X family planning funds to exclude Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from eligibility,” Eric Scheidler, the Protest Planned Parenthood Co-Director, told Lifesite News. “This would deprive the organization of $60-80 million annually.”
The Prayer and Protest rallies are sponsored by three major pro-life groups: Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal and Pro-Life Action League. Along with the sponsorship, they are also supported by more than 60 state and national pro-life groups.
Kellyanne Conway, the advisor to the president, allegedly informed Trump about the nationwide rallies held over the weekend, Axios reported. She also encouraged Trump to work to fulfill his major campaign promise to defund Planned Parenthood. Conway reminded him that the abortion giant is extremely active in political races, donating millions to candidates.
“Another goal for #ProtestPP was to educate the American public about Planned Parenthood,” Scheidler, who also serves as the executive director for the Pro-Life Action League, told Lifesite, “especially their huge 35 percent share of the U.S. abortion market.”
Scheidler shared that Aurora, IL, protesters created a new flyer this year called “Getting to Know Planned Parenthood.” The flyer, circulated at protests across the country over the weekend, details what the organization actually does with their money.
In Aurora, the protesters were met with counter-protestors who were dressed in red robes inspired by Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.
All over the country protestors showed up to facilities to pray and protest their frustration with the abortion giant. Forty people even showed up to a Planned Parenthood facility that had recently closed in Livonia, Michigan.
Monica Kelsey, a pro-life activist who runs the”Safe Haven” baby boxes campaign throughout the U.S., spoke at the protest in Indianapolis, IN.
The #ProtestPP movement started three years ago in 2015 when Planned Parenthood was first exposed for selling aborted baby parts by the Center for Medical Progress. Protesters gathered on August 22, 2015, and October 10, 2015. Over 650 protests were held around the country at 374 different Planned Parenthood facilities.
In April 2016, due to the national outcry, the first organized protest against Planned Parenthood was formed and planned to coordinate each April. The movement is focused on stripping the organization of their federal funding unless they cease to perform abortions. Planned Parenthood receives nearly a half-billion dollars each year, and the protestors want that money allocated to Federally Qualified Health Centers that offer more services than Planned Parenthood.
The organization’s abortion procedures currently make up 35 percent of their procedures, while only 1 percent are pap tests and 2 percent are breast exams.
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(H/T: Lifesite News)