In response to the undercover videos released from the Center for Medical Progress in mid-July that showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting and sale of body parts from aborted babies, dozens of rallies will be held on Tuesday, July 28 in more than 50 cities across the United States including in Anchorage.
The aim of the gatherings is to call for an investigation and to defund Planned Parenthood.
According to organizers, the rallies, called ”Women Betrayed,” aim to raise awareness of the ways that Planned Parenthood has betrayed women and their children – the very ones they claim to care about and have compassion for.
“Women are supposed to help and support other women — not use them for profit and sell the body parts of their prenatal children,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, the national group coordinating the local rallies. “Planned Parenthood gets a half a billion a year in taxpayer dollars. We are calling on every state and federal government to cut off those funds immediately and investigate Planned Parenthood for possible wrongdoing.”
The first video from the Center for Medical Progress shows a top Planned Parenthood executive musing about how she “crushes” certain parts of the baby in order to get desired organs intact. This, according to Students for Life, is the latest infraction in a long list of horrific behaviors, including the covering up statutory rape, overbilling taxpayers, aiding and abetting sex traffickers and scheduling sex-selective abortions.
“Planned Parenthood had a net profit of $127 million in 2013-2014. Let them fundraise and support themselves like any other business in the country that isn’t deceiving women and making money off of taking the lives of the most vulnerable and selling their body parts,” said Hawkins.
In Alaska the rally will be held on Tuesday, July 28, at noon at the far west end of the Park Strip in downtown Anchorage. Local speakers will address the crowd.
The Alaska Family Action is organizing the local rally. In an email about the event the group notes that several governors and state attorney generals have started investigations into Planned Parenthood in other states.
The email notes that “it is crucially important to bring people together to call attention to this atrocity and hold this taxpayer-funded organizational accountable.”