We know for a lot of women, we are the only health care that they receive.
In St. Paul, Minnesota a police commander on scene estimated the original protesters numbered about 500 while the counter-protesters numbered about 5,000 to 5,500.
"My point of view is not to argue one way or another, but to stand behind defunding Planned Parenthood", Hornell resident David Martin explained. A budget without Planned Parenthood funding was sent to the president's desk a year ago, and though it was vetoed by President Obama, it set the precedent for using this creative approach.
"I think we're hopeful that he will approve good judges that protect life", she said.
As in other MI cities, the Planned Parenthood supporters seemed to far outnumber the Right to Life group in Grand Rapids.
When dealing with the services offered by Planned Parenthood, the controversial service of abortion is often highlighted, but a majority of the services primarily involve gynecological care and preventative care for women, men, and young adults.
A rally outside Planned Parenthood on Saturday morning was among more than 200 nationwide in opposition to continued federal funding for the provider of women's reproductive health services.
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President Donald Trump last month banned federal funding to worldwide groups that perform abortions or provide information about abortions.
Planned Parenthood exaggerates their role in women's healthcare. Colorado Public Radio's Sam Brasch reports that Planned Parenthood officials actually asked supporters to stay away, fearing conflict would only make patients even feel more unwelcome.
Planned Parenthood is a profit-driven, abortion-centered business that has performed more than 300,000 abortions in the last three years for which data are available.
The protests follow the 44th March for Life on January 27, when tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C., for the annual anti-abortion rights rally.
In reality, the Charlotte Lozier Institute has found that there are 13 times more FQHCs than Planned Parenthood centers, serving about 8 times more women, despite all Planned Parenthood's claims that poor women relying on them.
"They have a right to their own body, but that right stops when it infringes on an innocent (person)", she said.
"We just hope they change their minds", she said, "and see that abortion is murder".