Protesters: End Government Support for Planned Parenthood (Apparently Unaware of Hyde Amendment)
The Associated Press and Team Radio Marketing Group - February 12, 2017 9:09 am
Protesters: End government support for Planned Parenthood
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Anti-abortion activists in Tulsa are calling on the federal government to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.
About two-dozen residents gathered Saturday in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic to voice support for ending the funding. The Tulsa demonstration was among rallies staged all around the country.
Protesters held signs that read, “God Loves Babies” and “Time to Repent” as cars passed, some honking and waving out the windows.
It would seem that these protesters are unaware of the Hyde Amendment, which already prohibits the use of federal funding for abortions. Those procedures are funded by the patient or through private donations that Planned Parenthood receives. Federal funds can only be allocated to the other services (such as cancer screenings, birth control, and STI testing) that Planned Parenthood provides. The protesters seem unconcerned about what will happen to these services, interested only in cutting off Planned Parenthood because they also happen to provide abortions with non-federal money.
Across the street, about a dozen Planned Parenthood supporters staged a counter-protest.
According to the Oklahoma’s health department, about 4,330 abortions were performed in the state last year – the fewest since 2002.
There currently are four clinics that offer abortion in Oklahoma, including two that opened within the last year in the Oklahoma City area. The others are in Norman and Tulsa.