Saturday was the national day of protest against the organization Planned Parenthood across the country. From Chesapeake, VA to Los Angeles, CA thousands of pro-life advocates came out to have their voices heard against the practice of abortion.
According to Catholic World News, Over 60,000 Thousand people attended these protests to create awareness of abortion and sale of aborted baby body parts by Planned Parenthood.
Priests for Life, Priests for Life African-American Outreach, PRL AAO, and the National Black Pro-life Coalition, who took part in organizing the nation-wide protests had representatives at the Atlanta rally praying and sharing abortion testimonies. Alveda King, director of PFL AAO said, “Through the years, AAO has led prayer vigils to end abortion and close the killing centers.”
Brad Smith, a pro-life advocate said he and his wife were pushed to have an abortion three times. Smith and his wife were among the dozens who gathered outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Ferndale, MI on Saturday. Joining them was Faith, the couples now 6 1/2 year-old daughter.
“They are interested in doing abortions because they are making money, but that’s not enough,” said Louantha Kerr, a director at Hope for Life who organized the protest in Chesapeake, VA. “There are other facilities, namely the community health centers, that if they had that half-a-billion dollars that goes to Planned Parenthood every year, they could do even more than they are doing now for woman.
Recently released videos by the Center for Medical Progress depict employees and executives of Planned Parenthood discussing the illegal practice of harvesting and sale of body parts of aborted babies. One of the latest videos (attached) shows an employee of Planned Parenthood relating how a baby’s heart was harvested as it was beating.
“These videos are exposing the American people to the truth about Planned Parenthood and the truth about abortion,” says Eric Scheidler organizer of Pro-Life Action League. “How can you deny the humanity of a tiny person whose body parts are being harvested for medical use? Worse yet, how can you make jokes about it, like the Planned Parenthood doctors do in these videos? It’s time to cease all taxpayer funding of this corrupt organization.”
In light of these videos, several states have launched investigations into the practices of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Planned Parenthood also receives $500 million in federal funding annually. Congress has introduced legislation to defund the organization. Several Republican presidential candidates have also said if elected they would push to end all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
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