Republicans have long argued taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund health clinics that provide abortions. 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.
"We stand here unified for life for mothers and fathers", said Tampa protest organizer Jane Lupia.
The original anti-abortion protest, created to call attention to Planned Parenthood and strip it of federal funding, was organized by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and took place at Planned Parenthood centers across MI. Asked about it, he said he believes Planned Parenthood's mission is focused more on providing abortions than protecting women's reproductive health.
Protesters rallyied outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in the City of Poughkeepsie, some of whom want the organization defunded and some of whom want to defend it.
Among those planning to speak at the Orange County demonstration is David Daleiden, founder for the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress.
Event Organizer Kevin Williams said his goal as a full-time pro-life activist tries to encourage women to choose life through options alternative to abortion. Defunding Planned Parenthood is a risky political ploy that could devastate thousands of women, men and teens who need care the most.
Dozens of Westchester residents filled the sidewalk outside the Planned Parenthood facility Saturday to call for the national nonprofit health organization to be stripped of its federal funding.
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Vice President Mike Pence has always been an ally to anti-abortion groups and last month became the most senior government official to ever speak at the March for Life, an annual anti-abortion rally which drew tens of thousands to Washington, D.C.
Naegele, 57, of nearby Walnut, said she scrambled to organize the rally about two weeks ago after learning of the planned nationwide protests.
"We should punish rapists, not babies", she said. Even though the Reno location does not provide abortion services, he said Planned Parenthood can refer people to locations that do.
"We just hope they change their minds", she said, "and see that abortion is murder".
If Planned Parenthood's access to Medicaid was taken away, it could be included in the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or the Budget Reconciliation Process.
Tim Kenefick, 66, of Goose Creek attended the rally because he said he considers the issue paramount.