Eric Schiedler of Pro-Life Action League outside Aurora IL Planned Parenthood in August 2015
CHICAGO - America is divided over whether tax dollars should be used to fund Planned Parenthoods throughout the nation. It's become one of many heated topics as the Republican majority in Congress moves to reallocate Planned Parenthood's funding to comprehensive health care centers.
Saturday, February 11, protests are planned outside of 200 Planned Parenthood facilities in 44 states and D.C.
“The federal government has been subsidizing Planned Parenthood to the tune of more than $430 million annually,” explained Eric Scheidler, national organizer of #ProtestPP. “This, at the same time that the nation’s largest abortion provider holds $500 ticket fundraisers and charges a woman about $500 to abort her baby,” he said.
“On top of that, Planned Parenthood is trafficking baby body parts. Taxpayers are sickened to see their money spent in support of these atrocities.”
The #ProtestPP effort says:
- The 34% of US abortions performed by Planned Parenthood underscores the fact that they are not a general health care service provider.
- Fraudulent Medicaid claims, fetal tissue harvesting, and documented health code violations show Planned Parenthood’s systemic disregard for accountability to taxpayers.
- Planned Parenthood exaggerates their role in women’s health care. The organization actually provides less than 2% of manual breast exams, fewer than 1% of pap tests, and 0% of mammograms, annually.
- Moving Planned Parenthood’s funding to federally qualified health centers will offer women and their families a wider range of health care services and a higher standard of care.
Planned Parenthood officials are telling their supporters to stay away from the protests, despite their gut reaction to counter the #ProtestPP demonstrations. From Huffington Post:
Adrienne Verrilli, Associate Vice President of Communications at Planned Parenthood of New York City told The Huffington Post on Tuesday that too many cooks in the kitchen can be really detrimental to a patient’s experience ― and the patient’s experience is their ultimate priority.
“Our goal is making sure our patients are comfortable,” she said. “The quieter it is outside, and the less people are engaging with each other, the better it is for our patients.”
Local times and locations of the nationwide #ProtestPP are available at http://protestpp.com/locations/