LEAWOOD, Kan. – Groups of people who oppose abortion protested Planned Parenthood clinics as part of a nationwide movement on Saturday.
The location at W 109th Street and Roe Avenue is one of seven clinic in the Kansas and Mid-Missouri network. Saturday morning people on both sides of the issue lined the sidewalks to show support for their cause.
Lauren Carter supports Planned Parenthood. She said, “I think it's really helpful for the women going in to use our healthcare services to see the pink and the support of the choices they are making.”
Anna Buttorff support the Pro Life movement. She said, “It is a choice, but why choose for little children to die?”
The rally stayed peaceful as people lined the sidewalks, those with the most opposite opinions, standing side by side. Some sparked discussion and others held signs.
Planned Parenthood supporter Lauren Carter said, “As a woman, if you don't have a choice to control your reproductive health and your future, I don't know what you have if you don't have that.”
Pro Life supporter Tanya Kirr said, “It's been a fight that I've supported for a long time and I think that the recent videos are something that people are not going to be able to hide from.”
Recent videos, which reportedly show planned parenthood staffers talking about the sale of aborted fetal tissue, have thrust the clinics into the headlines.
Laura McQuade, President of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, said, “The videos were illicitly obtained. They were heavily edited, and this has been said over and over and over again in the media. Planned Parenthood does not do what these videos are saying we do .”
Pro Life Supporter Kirr continued, “Of course it's edited. It's also true. I don't know how they can say that about certain statements that have been made.”
Part of the protest also included a call for an end to federal funding. We were told the Leawood clinic treated 50 patients Saturday. Rallies took place in more than 47 states, in more than 300 cities, at 320 Planned Parenthood clinics.