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Local pro-life protest held to defund Planned Parenthood

Pro life protests

Rallies urging the federal government to de-fund Planned Parenthood were held at local clinics on Sunday. They were among protests in more than 40 states that were held in an attempt to restrict women's ability to have abortions.

They stood with signs and recited The Lord's Prayer. "We have dehumanized the baby in the womb so we feel ok about destroying it" says Barry Webber. Protestors here say all current federal funding for Planned Parenthood should be redirected to Federally Qualified Health Centers that do not perform abortions. "I don't want to fund abortion. If somebody wants to get an abortion, I pray they don't I don't want it to be on my tax dollar. I don't want that" said Amanda Cook.

These pro-lifer's are also hoping the new administration under President Trump will help their cause.

"I'm trusting God in this that the right person is in the White House and hopefully we will see change" says Cook. But across the country in many cities pro-life rallies were met with counter-protests like this one in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

"Less than three percent of the services that provide are abortion services, so the 97-plus percent of services they provide are health care. Affordable health care for low income people of all genders," said one pro-choice protester.

Federal dollars don't pay for abortions, but Planned Parenthood is reimbursed by Medicaid for other services, including birth control and cancer screening.

"These protests are designed to shame the patients who seek basic health care services from Planned Parenthood and to intimidate the health care professionals who work here," said Melissa Reed, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone.

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