More than 200 rallies around the country are planned for Saturday with a singular mission: Defunding Planned Parenthood.
Organized by #ProtestPP, a coalition of anti-abortion groups that want to reallocate Planned Parenthood’s funding toward health centers that don’t perform abortions, these protests come at a time when federal and state governments seek to restrict access to abortions.
According to Rita Russo, an anti-abortion advocate in Boston leading a protest there this weekend, the various types of care Planned Parenthood provides pale in comparison to its abortion services.
“It’s very low quality in terms of services provided. They are all about abortions; they are not about women’s health,” Russo said, adding that Planned Parenthood’s sexual education in schools is dangerous because it increases sexual activity among students.
According to the nonprofit, its most accessed services in 2014 were STD/STI tests for both men and women; reversible contraceptives for women; pregnancy tests; and emergency contraceptive kits, commonly known as Plan B.
Abortion procedures accounted for just shy of 324,000 of the more than 9.4 million services administered that year.