The following comes from a June 19 story in the Marin Independent Journal.
Outraged by the Marin County Board of Supervisors’ $250,000 donation to Planned Parenthood this month in support of its new San Rafael center, about 35 people gathered Wednesday morning to protest the reproductive health clinic.
Protesters lined the sidewalk in front of the clinic at 2 H St. as Planned Parenthood staff marked their first day back in San Rafael. They had been operating in Mill Valley for nearly three years after an organizational shake-up.
San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said that for the most part, the protest was peaceful.
“There was one very minor verbal dispute,” Rohrbacher said, adding that officers who happened to be across the street at the time kept it from escalating.
In addition to demonstrating against abortion, protesters took issue with a recent Marin County Board of Supervisors’ grant to the clinic to help pay for renovations. The county grant, approved unanimously by the board, will provide $50,000 from Supervisor Susan Adams’ “community service” fund and $200,000 from other funds. Planned Parenthood spent $2.3 million to buy the clinic building and $900,000 to renovate it.
Jamie Blinn, of Tiburon, her husband Matthew Blinn and their four children helped organize the protest in front of the clinic, waving signs and garnering honks from some cars passing by. Jamie Blinn said $250,000 is a lot of money to give to what she called the nation’s largest abortion provider. She criticized Adams’ statement that the clinic will help low-income residents….
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