The following comes from an August 21 The Washington Times article by Valerie Richardson:
Planned Parenthood for America is losing the social-media war in the aftermath of undercover videos on its fetal-tissue donations from abortions, according to an analysis released Friday.
NetBase, a Silicon Valley firm that analyzes social-media trends, found that “net sentiment” toward Planned Parenthood turned “decisively negative” after the July 14 release of the first video by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress.
The center has released a total of seven videos as part of its Human Capital project, with the latest one posted on Wednesday.
“PP’s Average net sentiment for the three months leading up the release of the first video was +62; as of August 20, 2015, PP’s sentiments stands at -26,” according to the NetBase analysis.
Even though network television coverage of the videos has been sparse—just 23.5 minutes on ABC, CBS and NBC in the few weeks, according to the conservative Media Research Center—the NetBase figures reveal a different story on social media.
The analysis found that conversations about Planned Parenthood have “exploded on social media,” from about 4,500 daily mentions in the three months prior to the release of the first video to 121,661 mentions in the first 24 hours afterward, an increase of 2,600 percent.
As for the hashtag war, #DefundPP and #PPSellsBabyParts combined for 965,479, while #StandwithPP and #SupportPP had 271,925.
Tens of thousands protest at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country
The following comes from an August 23 Catholic News Agency article:
Hundreds of demonstrations were held outside of Planned Parenthood clinics across the U.S. this weekend with protesters calling on the federal government to stop funding the abortion giant.
After videos were released last month showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing their fetal tissue donation program in graphic detail, the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League called on a national day of protest.
Eric Scheidler, the group’s executive director, said that “with 240 out of 342 cities reporting” over 58,000 people turned out to protest Aug. 22.
“Great day! Except for Planned Parenthood!” he tweeted that evening.
His organization teamed up with other pro-life groups including 40 Days for Life, Created Equal and 40 Days for Life to organize the national protest in a matter of a few weeks.
#ProtestPP was trending on Twitter Saturday as photos of the crowds poured in.
Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, posted photos on Twitter of demonstrations around the country showing crowds of protesters wrapped around city blocks in front of Planned Parenthood facilities.