Protesters rally in downtown Charleston to defund Planned Parenthood

The weekend rallies are meant to encourage Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, according to, which says rallies are planned outside more than 200 Planned Parenthood clinics in 45 states.

The rally will call for protecting Planned Parenthood and communities that rely on its services from national efforts to defund the organization, as well as blocking any Supreme Court nominee who does not support the right to safe, legal abortions.

This rally will take place at 9 front of the facility on East 71st Street.

Event Organizer Kevin Williams said his goal as a full-time pro-life activist tries to encourage women to choose life through options alternative to abortion.

The website says it wants the funding reallocated to health centers that help disadvantaged women without destroying human life through abortion.

"It is their body, but there is another body inside them", Labine said. "I think that it would have a big negative effect if they defunded Planned Parenthood".

The protest is just one of around 200 planned nationwide. Those reimbursements allow low-income patients to use Planned Parenthood for birth control, screening for cancer or STDs, and other health services - but not for abortion.

In New Jersey, about 130 Planned Parenthood supporters signed up to host events aimed at writing "Valentines" to lawmakers, said Casey Olesko, communications manager for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey.

Planned Parenthood receives federal funds from Medicaid reimbursements and Title X, a federal program that supports family planning and preventive health services. Spilman said she still recalls how she was protesting another time in Morristown against abortion and a woman approached her crying, saying she regretted the abortion she had.

"The defunding of Planned Parenthood is a matter of moral principle".

Norma McCorvey, who gave a presentation in Toppenish many years ago, was talked into being the person used in the Roe vs. Wade abortion decision.

"A lot of these people got excited with (Presidential candidate) Bernie (Sanders)", she sad.

  • Larry Hoffman