Defunding Planned Parenthood: 5 locals sound off

Posted February 14, 2017

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.

Nancy Belzile of Willsboro, who organized the defunding rally, could not be reached Monday morning for comment. In regards to fetal tissue donations and research, such is only conducted in two states, representing just one percent of the organization's health centers As for abortion services, that service only accounts for three percent of the services provided by the organization. According to her sign, the word is a noun that refers to "a politician who feels more qualified that a woman and her physician to make health care decisions".

U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) recently introduced a bill called the Protect Funding for Women's Health Care Act that would defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups. In Detroit, about 300 people turned up outside a Planned Parenthood office, majority supporting the organization. Federal law, specifically the Hyde Amendment that was first passed in 1976, bars government dollars from paying for abortion services except in cases where the woman's life is in danger or if the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape. Services provided by Planned Parenthood - such as breast exams, pap tests and tests and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases - are not among those listed on the Gabriel's Corner website.

"They really helped me", she said. Nearly 75 percent of the federal funding comes from Medicaid.

Chenell Donadee, who was at the Protest Planned Parenthood event and is an intensive care unit physician, said the facts provided about abortion rates and access to family planning and contraceptives may provide an answer that can satisfy both parties. President Trump and his administration have threatened to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, because the services provided by the clinics include abortions. But not funding Planned Parenthood clinics is wrong.

Defunding Planned Parenthood: 5 locals sound off

COLUMBIA, Mo. (BP) - Pro-life demonstrators held rallies February 11 at more than 220 Planned Parenthood clinics in 45 states to advocate withdrawing government funds from America's largest abortion provider.

Pro-life groups hope that Tom Price, the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, will increase efforts to combat abortion.

"It's so amusing that people are calling us "bigots" and 'intolerant and they're blocking our way, ' Rev. Mahoney commented at one point".

On any given day, you can find small groups of protesters outside Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. Pence told the cheering supporters on the National Mall, "Life is winning again in America".

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