A group of national and state pro-life activists recently held protests in over 200 locations in the United States to protest abortion and issues related to Planned Parenthood.
Thousands of pro-life activists gathered in several locations, some of which were Planned Parenthood clinics. They protested not only to let their voice be heard, but also to talk to pregnant women who were visiting the clinics.
Rev. Eugene Rivers led the protest in Boston, where the activists held their demonstrations in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic on Commonwealth Avenue. They held signs that said "We will abolish abortion" and "Moms for life."
"I believe every baby is worthy of protection. We're talking about justice for the unborn," he said.
The activists wanted to urge pregnant women not to pursue their abortions. However, one Planned Parenthood supporter shouted at them and said, "Tell me what to do with my body one more time."
Pro-life protest at #Boston Planned Parenthood https://t.co/e7efzKjYyp pic.twitter.com/zmWijOgv3TMeanwhile, pro-life advocate Bob Joyce later quoted abolitionist and journalist William Lloyd Garrison, "I will not equivocate – I will not excuse – I will not retreat a single inch – and I will be heard."
— Boston Herald (@bostonherald) April 24, 2016
In addition, Joyce told the supporters in the crowd that this fight against abortion should continue. He also pointed out that slavery was one of the practices that needed to be opposed, and people stood up for the cause.
"The protection of innocent, unborn life is another," he said.
In another Planned Parenthood protest in Richmond, Virginia, the protest organizer, Leslie Blackwell, said that she was once a pro-choice supporter, which meant that she fought for her right to make choices about her body, and that included abortion.
Virginia Democrats Force Taxpayers to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz https://t.co/ATI1wVOhAN pic.twitter.com/lfW7wRaLXZ"I used to be the one out there, 'Don't you ever take my choice away,' and it's because I was not being honest," she said.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) April 23, 2016
However, Blackwell explained what being pro-choice really means.
"If you're really pro-choice, you're pro what? Pro killing babies? Let's say what it is," she stated in an interview with local news outlets.
According to the report, pro-life activists and anti-Planned Parenthood groups began holding their protests last year, when leaked investigative videos were released.
These clips showed that Planned Parenthood sells human baby parts that were taken out of their mothers' wombs.
Since the leak got out, some states have defunded Planned Parenthood, especially after a special congressional panel found out that the institution likely made a profit by illegally selling baby parts.
How Planned Parenthood Makes Money Selling Aborted Baby Parts https://t.co/JNNZyMGrjq pic.twitter.com/AaVr5zQRJTAlabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin have all transferred the funding of Planned Parenthood to other federal qualified health care centers that do not perform abortions.
— AllianceDefends (@AllianceDefends) April 20, 2016
The aim of the protests is to end altogether the use of taxpayers' money from supporting Planned Parenthood.
The advocacy is already active in Missouri, where lawmakers recently passed a bill to block Planned Parenthood from accessing federal funds. As a result, the legislature has rejected the more than $8.3 Medicaid funding that was supposed to support healthcare services.
Missouri Republicans Want To Spend $8 Million To 'Defund' Planned Parenthood https://t.co/ELnRDj1mju pic.twitter.com/aSMFou5PcVEric Scheidler, who is the executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, said that the videos that were released only proved that Planned Parenthood is indeed inhumane in their practices.
— Liberal America Org (@LibAmericaOrg) April 13, 2016
Scheidler and his group have also formally endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in hopes that if she wins the nomination and eventually the presidency, she would abolish the thriving business that involves selling the body parts of aborted babies.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood said in a statement that the protesters are only shaming those women who are seeking "basic health care" from the clinics. At the same time, the protests are intimidating medical professionals who work there.
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