Planned Parenthood supporters rally in Old Town
Local supporters of Planned Parenthood rallied Tuesday in Old Town Square as part of a national “Pink Out Day,” which included more than 200 events across the country.
The event, which was scheduled to last about an hour, included speeches by politicians and other supporters of the organization, according to a news release.
The rallies came the same day Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president, testified before Congress over accusations the organization profited from the sale of fetal tissue. Richard said that the charges are “offensive and categorically untrue.”
Conservative lawmakers in Congress are seeking to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood after videos released by anti-abortion activists purported to show officials from the health group trying to sell fetal tissue.
“As extremist politicians in Washington, D.C., continue their attacks on women’s health by seeking to block Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds, women and families in Wichita will gather to show they stand with Planned Parenthood and the critical health care they provide to millions of women and men across the country each year,” wrote Elise Higgins, Kansas manager of government affairs, in the news release.
Planned Parenthood says it provides 33,000 reproductive visits a year, primarily contraceptive services, cancer and STD screenings and educational programming. About 22,000 women in Kansas and Missouri use these services at its seven health centers.
“Continued attacks on Planned Parenthood by Governor Brownback and the Kansas Congressional Delegation are part of a dangerous agenda to roll back access to reproductive health care and ban safe and legal abortion,” said Laura McQuade, president and CEO of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. “Kansans are lifting up their voices and their stories to let the Governor and Congress know that they rely on and stand with Planned Parenthood.”