Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kansans rally for Planned Parenthood

From Steve Otto

A few hundred people came out to show their support for the funding of Planned Parenthood, this Saturday at noon. It started with a rally where several people testified how important Planned Parenthood has been in their life. One positive sign was the amount of young people who came. Some were only teenagers.
“They claim that 99 percent of our services are abortion related,” said Kari Ann Rinker, one of the rally’s main speakers and a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood. “That is a lie. The truth is closer to 5 percent.”
She also said that legislators on capital hill have an agenda and they don’t care that the many services offered by Planned Parenthood, such as pap smears, breast exams and prenatal care would not be available to poor women without insurance. She said for every dollar spent on Planned Parenthood, it would cost this society six dollars for poor people’s services.
As most people know, Planned Parenthood provides birth control which prevents pregnancies. It also supplies testing for venereal disease.
After the rally, people lined Central Street with signs supporting Planned Parenthood.
Earlier, people were encouraged to sign cards to send to Kansas legislators to stop the attacks on Planned Parenthood.  Planned Parenthood has been in existence for the last 80 years.


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