Pro-life supporters took to the public square across the U.S. Saturday to protest Planned Parenthood, call on President Donald Trump to put a stop to taxpayer subsidization of the abortion giant, and raise awareness to the reality behind its abortion business.
More than 5,000 took part in #ProtestPP demonstrations at 151 Planned Parenthood facilities in 40 states for the third annual National Day of Prayer and Protest Against Planned Parenthood.
The event is sponsored by the three national pro-life activist groups – Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal and Pro-Life Action League – and supported by some sixty-plus state and national pro-life groups.
“A major focus of the protests was to call on Trump to change the rules governing Title X family planning funds to exclude Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from eligibility,” #ProtestPP Co-Director Eric Scheidler told LifeSiteNews. “This would deprive the organization of $60-80 million annually.”
Advisor to the president Kellyanne Conway is said to have told Trump about the #ProtestPP rallies across the nation during a discussion Friday where she encouraged him to follow through on his campaign promise to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood as long as the organization continues performing abortions.
Conway also pointed out to the president that Planned Parenthood spends millions of dollars on political races, Axios.com reports.
The #ProtestPP movement came together in 2015 in the immediate aftermath of the Center for Medical Progress videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s bartering in aborted fetal body parts, when tens of thousands of pro-life supporters gathered August 22 and October 10 for national days of protest.
There were 654 individual protests held at 374 Planned Parenthood facilities throughout the United States overall, including abortion locations that had not had a pro-life witness in years. The protests garnered significant media coverage, reaching millions of Americans, and in August of that year, #ProtestPP was the number-one hashtag trending on Twitter and Facebook.
Also included in this year’s focus was the abortion business’s recent announcement of a “Sweeping Initiative,” where it was “going on the offense” to expand across the U.S.
Part of this is a $30 million campaign to advance its agenda in this year’s elections in November, targeting female, young and minority voters in the midterm races in Florida, Michigan, and Nevada.
Full story at LifeSiteNews.