Chanting "Women united will never be defeated," about 50 supporters of Planned Parenthood rallied at the state Capitol on Friday to protest threats to funding.
The group met on the steps of the Dillon House to hear speeches that accused conservative members of the Kansas Legislature of declaring "warfare against women and children and the vulnerable in our midst."
They then made the short walk to the Capitol to deliver 1,300 letters to legislators that protest "the defunding of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri of Title X funds."
The state House has passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, that would deny Title X funding for family planning to Planned Parenthood's Kansas clinics, based in Wichita, Hays and Overland Park. The funds instead would be distributed to other local health clinics.
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The family planning money cannot be used to provide abortions.
On the national level, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a similar measure on Feb. 19.
According to Planned Parenthood, it received more than $363 million in government funds nationwide between 2008 and 2009.
Kinzer, a key proponent of anti-abortion legislation, could not be reached for comment late Friday.
Past criticism of the organization centers on abortions it provides. Of the three Planned Parenthood facilities in Kansas, only the Overland Park facility provides abortions.
A press statement on Kinzer's personal website said: "Government has an obligation to work to defend the core values necessary for a healthy society. This includes standing up for the vulnerable: the elderly, the disabled, and the unborn."
Rep. Barbara Bollier, R-Mission Hills, told rally participants that she cried when the "legislation came forward that takes away women's choice and access to basic health care."
Of particular concern to the ralliers was that, without Title X funding, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Hays might be forced to close.
Several speakers praised the services they had received from the three Planned Parenthood clinics in Kansas. Those clinics serve nearly 24,000 Kansans, many of whom are impoverished and do not have health insurance, according to Planned Parenthood literature.