Saturday's Defund Planned Parenthood rally at New York City's Margaret Sanger Clinic was met with resistance by a group of pro-choice protestors who effectively drowned them out.
Long-time demonstrators said Saturday they hope a shifting political climate could mean major steps forward in their fight against abortion, but some new faces are coming out of the woodwork to fight for Planned Parenthood and abortion rights.
Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion chain, receives over $420 million from the federal government every year, organizers said.
Both sets of protests in the Tampa Bay area went off without incident. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), would prohibit the state health department from entering into contracts or providing grants to any organization that provides abortion services or maintains a facility where abortions services are performed. The majority of the money comes by way of reimbursement for services the centers provide to Medicaid patients.
Abigail Scholar of Walla Walla took the lead for the event when she heard about the defunding rallies planned elsewhere. Caldwell tells Phillips the organization provided invaluable help for her after she was raped. "They were just like, 'A awful thing happened".
Supporters of Planned Parenthood organized counter demonstrations nationally, including several held around the state.
For more than 40 years, no federal funding has gone toward abortion in the US -or, for that matter, abroad-except in cases of rape, incest or if the life of the woman is at risk, Newsweek's Lucy Westcott reports.
Counter protests are also expected.
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Protesters in support of Planned Parenthood lined up near Dewitt Park in Ithaca on the intersection of Cayuga and Buffalo streets.
In 2014 Planned Parenthood conducted more than 300 thousand abortions accounting for 3 percent of its services.
She and others say they are praying and asking the government to take away Planned Parenthood's federal funds.
Planned Parenthood exaggerates their role in women's healthcare.
On Jan. 27, tens of thousands converged on Washington for the 44th March for Life, where Pence, formerly governor of IN, became the most senior government official to speak IN person at the annual anti-abortion rally, organizers said.
"Planned Parenthood is a deceptive company".
Sue worked for Planned Parenthood for almost two decades and says now that she knows the ins and outs of the business, she's switched from pro-choice to pro-life.