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Manchester joins nationwide day of prayer and protest against Planned Parenthood and their huge taxpayer subsidy
(April 24, 2017—Manchester) On April 29, a peaceful protest will be held at the Planned Parenthood facility at 24 Pennacook Street in Manchester, starting at 10 a.m. This event is one of a variety of activities taking place at more than 130 Planned Parenthood centers across the United States—including rallies, marches, prayer vigils and protests—marking the second annual National Day of Prayer and Protest Against Planned Parenthood.
This nationwide day of prayer and protest at Planned Parenthood facilities is being coordinated by #ProtestPP, a coalition of more than 70 national, state and local pro-life organizations. The is calling for Planned Parenthood to be stripped of their federal funding, and for all such funding to be redirected to Federally Qualified Health Centers that do not perform abortions. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, receives over $430 million from the federal government every year.
Planned Parenthood defunding was included in the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was introduced in March but withdrawn by Congressional leadership before a vote was held. Despite the demise of the AHCA, pro-life leaders in Congress have emphasized that defunding Planned Parenthood remains a priority.
The protests and vigils to be held April 28-29 will call on Congress to get the job done and cut Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, either by means of a revamped healthcare reform bill, or as a stand-alone measure using the budget reconciliation process this spring.
“Planned Parenthood claims that American women rely on them for healthcare, but in reality, four out of five women will never set foot in a Planned Parenthood facility,” said Jane Cormier, President of New Hampshire Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood provides less than 1% of annual pap tests and zero mammograms, but performs 34% of annual abortions in the U.S. They’ve been caught shielding child predators, defrauding Medicaid, and harvesting fetal tissue for profit. This controversial organization does not deserve our tax dollars.”
Cormier emphasizes that every dollar taken from Planned Parenthood would be redirected to Federally Qualified Health Centers that provide a wider range of services and higher standard of care than Planned Parenthood, without doing abortions. “The effort to defund Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with taking healthcare away from poor women and families. It’s about taking tax dollars away from the nation’s largest abortion chain,” she explained.
#ProtestPP is a coalition of more than 70 local, state and national pro-life groups, headed by three national pro-life activist organizations: Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal, and the Pro-Life Action League.