Hundreds rally against Planned Parenthood amid scandal

This Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 photo shows people looking on during a rally at Utah Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City, organized in support of Gov. Gary Herbert's recent decision to remove the state from federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Utah’s decision to stop disbursing federal money to Planned Parenthood won’t threaten women’s access to health care, Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) —  The controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood sparked nationwide protest.

Saturday’s rally in Birmingham is just one of more than 300 that happened across the country as part of national protests against Planned Parenthood’s alleged trafficking of aborted baby parts.

“If we accept that someone can kill a child, how can we tell people not to kill one another,” said a pastor giving a speech at the rally as hundreds lined the streets to fight for the right to life for the unborn.

“First and foremost, Congress has to de-fund Planned Parenthood, by Congress continuing to pour half a billion dollars annually into Planned Parenthood’s budget, the government is making us complicit in the abortion industry,” said Alabama state representative of the 73rd district, Matt Fridy.

Undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress claimed that Planned Parenthood abortion clinics are involved in the harvesting of body parts of unborn children aborted in their facilities and profiting from it.

“The videos that have been released show, when they talk about taking an intact fetus, that it’s not about ending a pregnancy, which we’ve been told for many years, it’s truly about ending the life of a child,” said Cheryl Ciamarra, of Alabama Citizens for Life.

This issue hits close to home for Emily Hall, who remembers when she had to make a tough decision about her first born child, “and now that little boy is five and a half in kindergarten and tomorrow he’s going to be baptized because he knows that Jesus is the way, and every time I look at him I remember that grace is why he’s here and why I’m still standing with this adorable one,” she said as she held her youngest son Jeremiah.

According to Freke Oboto, a pro-life advocate who doesn’t have children yet, this isn’t just a female issue, “embracing that responsibility of fatherhood, it is nothing for us to shy away from, it is a very loving thing in the image of the father and God,” he said.

Several states have initiated investigations of Planned Parenthood and legislation has been introduced in Congress to de-fund the abortion giant. In Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley removed state funding from the organization.

Planned Parenthood is under investigation in several states, including Massachusetts, Georgia, Indiana and South Dakota, where so far, no evidence of wrongdoing have been found. Planned Parenthood said it doesn’t profit from tissue donations and that those programs exist in only a few states.

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