In an effort to remove federal funding from the nation’s largest abortion chain pro-life advocates are planning “Defund Planned Parenthood” rallies in Alaska and more than 200 locations across the country.
On Feb. 11 rallies will be held at Planned Parenthood locations throughout the United States, including in Anchorage.
“The time has come to defund America’s abortion giant!” said Patrick Martin, outreach director for Alaska Right To Life. “Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion chain, killing over 300,000 babies each year, and nearly half of their billion dollar budget comes from our tax dollars.
More than 60 pro-life organizations are supporting and participating in the rallies in an effort to encourage Congress to defund Planned Parenthood in its upcoming 2017 budget.
A budget without Planned Parenthood funding was sent to the president’s desk last year, and though President Obama vetoed it, pro-life advocates are hoping for a different outcome under newly elected President Donald Trump.
With Planned Parenthood actively pressuring lawmakers to oppose defunding the organization, pro-life leaders are hoping to show strong grassroots support for the defunding effort.
In Anchorage, the rally will take place Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic located at 4001 Lake Otis Drive.
Martin said the Anchorage rally will be “positive and family friendly” and participants “protest and pray for an end to Planned Parenthood’s massive government subsidy, and an end to abortion in our country.”
He emphasized that the goal of the protest is to redirect funding from Planned Parenthood to Federally Qualified Health Centers that do not perform abortions. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, receives over $420 million from the federal government every year.
“Planned Parenthood claims that American women rely on them for healthcare, but in fact four out of five women will never set foot in a Planned Parenthood facility,” Martin said. “Planned Parenthood provides less than one percent of annual pap tests and zero mammograms, while they claim to perform 97 percent of annual abortions in Alaska. Nationally, they’ve been caught shielding child predators, defrauding Medicaid, and harvesting fetal tissue for profit. This controversial organization does not deserve our tax dollars.”
Pro-Life Action League and 40 Days for Life are spearheading the national effort and local pro-life leaders throughout the country such as Alaska Right to Life have responded on the grassroots level.
If Planned Parenthood were to lose its federal funds it “would send the organization into a major crisis, possibly requiring them to begin shutting down locations within months, and crippling their ability to oppose pro-life legislation,” states the website of Pro-life Action League. “The goal of the February 11 ‘Defund Planned Parenthood’ rally is to help speed that day.
A vote on the defunding language is expected in Congress by the end of February.
For more information about the upcoming rally in Anchorage, contact Pat Martin at (907) 232-2211 or email him at PatMartin@AlaskaRightToLife.org . More information is available online.