Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protesters on opposite sides of the abortion debate planned to hold competing rallies early Saturday at Planned Parenthood's regional St. Paul headquarters.
"Planned Parenthood is a deceptive company".
But Cole Black, who is 45 and from Fuquay-Varina, spoke in favor of the services provided by Planned Parenthood. The organization actually provides less than 2 percent of manual breast exams, fewer than 1 percent of pap tests, and 0 percent of mammograms annually.
Alejandra Baker, one of the organizers of the protest in Orange, said the groups involved in the demonstrations want federal funds that now go to Planned Parenthood instead be redirected to other health centers that "provide a wider range of services and higher standards of care".
Brody Hagemeier, a senior and president of SCSU for Life, organized the protest for the anti-abortion side. Now is the time for a groundswell of grassroots efforts.
"These rallies can often be intimidating, and can inadvertently prevent patients from getting the care they need", the statement said, urging supporters to instead attend Republican Rep. Greg Walden's town halls Friday in Eastern Oregon, or the Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon Lobby Day Rally at noon Tuesday, Feb. 28, on the Capitol steps in Salem.
"We need to stop our tax dollars going towards this, but we also need to change the hearts and minds of people to see that this is a violation of life in its most innocent stage", said Engelhart, who participated in the March for Life on January 27 in Washington, D.C. He said he has taken part in some anti-abortion events on the east side before, but made a decision to drive down to Livonia Saturday to protest as well.
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Opponents want the federal government to stop providing funding to the organization. Asked about it, he said he believes Planned Parenthood's mission is focused more on providing abortions than protecting women's reproductive health.
Planned Parenthood is a profit-driven, abortion-centered business that has performed more than 300,000 abortions in the last three years for which data are available.
".(W) hat we want is to keep ensuring access to safe health care", Scholar said today.
"The people who are protesting are really missing the point", Dr. Carrie Pierce, an abortion provider based in rural OR, told Newsweek.
"We came out here to speak up for women in crisis pregnancies who are sometimes tempted to commit abortion", Brennan said. "This Saturday, that majority will let their voices be heard at #ProtestPP gatherings nationwide".
"No way should my taxpayer money be funding abortions", he said.
Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion chain, receives over $420 million from the federal government every year, organizers said.