Protesters rally outside Planned Parenthood following claims of illegal abortions
Pro-life activists say Planned Parenthood is lying while pro-choice supporters say it's a misunderstanding.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Protestors outside Planned Parenthood on Saturday said they are not anti-abortion, but pro-life. While the abortion debate has been going on for years, this rally came after Gov. Matt Bevin claimed the institution was operating illegally.
“It is public enemy number one,” exclaimed a pro-life activist.
“We do not need an abortion clinic in Louisville, Kentucky. We need real help and real choices for women,” said another activist.
Their signs read "Planned Parenthood Lies to You" and "Babies are Blessings."
The dozens of protesters outside the expanded Planned Parenthood facility in downtown Louisville included men, women and even young children.
“It's a pretty building with an ugly interior,” shouted a pro-life supporter.
“Taking the life of the unborn is eliminating that future generation,” Nate Robertson said.
But on the other side of the issue are men and women who are pro-choice, saying they are looking to educate and empower.
“I think all women should have all choices on the table when they're making hard decisions,” Shadea Mitchell said.
“They need a voice. I think that's really important for them also to have a choice and have a really safe place to be able to do that,” Rachel Reyes said.
The recent controversy that the facility was performing abortions without a license has some up in arms.
“We want to awaken the public to what’s happening here in Louisville,” Robertson said.
While the facility has denied those claims, it has stopped performing the procedure as an act of good faith. Mitchell, however, said Planned Parenthood is more than just abortions.
“I had an IUD from Planned Parenthood when I was 20 when I became sexually active. I think they provide great healthcare to people who are down and out, and there's a huge misunderstanding,” she said.
While their views are vastly different, both sides said they want to be there for women who need guidance.
“We have resources available to help them during crisis pregnancy and to remind people that life is precious,” Robertson said.
“If we could just talk to each other about contraception and real sex education, then we could probably do a lot better in this country,” Mitchell said.
Planned Parenthood says it hopes to resume performing abortions in Louisville within a month.
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