Nationwide protests took place outside Planned Parenthood clinics Saturday as Congress debates stripping federal funds from the organization.
House Republicans recently indicated they will seek to reallocate federal funds currently granted to Planned Parenthood to community health centers.
The groups behind the nationwide protests — Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal, the Pro-Life Action League, 40 Days for Life and the Susan B. Anthony List — said that they want to encourage Congress to finally act on redirecting the funds away from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, a long-held goal of pro-life activists.
The scandal-plagued organization has been accused of making fraudulent Medicaid claims and violating health codes in addition to trafficking aborted fetal body parts.
The allegations that Planned Parenthood was profiting from the sale of aborted fetal body parts — which is illegal in the United States — were recently the subject of a congressional investigation by the House Select Panel on Infant Lives. Spokespersons for Planned Parenthood have denied the allegations.
Over 200 protests took place in 44 states and the nation’s capital.
Some of the demonstrations were met with counter-protests by Planned Parenthood supporters.