Scenes From A Movement
A powerful showing of supporters dwarfed the anti-abortion attendees at the “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” demonstration in St. Paul, MN, as police estimated 6,000 participants at the nonprofit's headquarters. The majority of protestors were in solidarity of Planned Parenthood's community services, and only 250 to 400 people engaged in the opposing “Defund PP Rally.”
Although federal funds don’t directly pay for abortions, Planned Parenthood is reimbursed for other critical services such as birth control, STI treatments and cancer screenings. Many, including President Trump, oppose federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood operates 18 clinics in Minnesota, 21 in Wisconsin, 12 in Iowa and one in South Dakota—only one of which provides abortions. Of the 9,861 abortions recorded by the Minnesota Health Department in 2015, more than half—5,048—were performed there.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. (February 11, 2017)