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I attended one of 300 nationwide protests of Planned Parenthood this morning, along with 175 other people in Lansing, MI. I’ve never attended a protest before, but after seeing this invitation and explanation from Pastor John Piper and doing some homework on what Planned Parenthood has been up to, I decided to attend this one. Some key points:
- This was a protest of the national organization Planned Parenthood, not of our specific Planned Parenthood branch in Lansing. Our specific Planned Parenthood branch does not do abortions within its walls, it does referrals, but many Planned Parenthood’s do the actual abortions within their own walls.
- I have always thought that instead of making women who are getting abortions feel bad, resources for adoption and help with their pregnancy and/or raising the child should be promoted to them. I was pleased that this is what was promoted today, including representation from many local organizations and ministries that do exactly that.
- The mood of our protest was very peaceful and loving to all. There was no heckling or shouting. I was planning to leave if there was. (The only heckling or hate was from pro-choice folks driving by, more on that later) In fact where we were positioned, we were in view of cars driving into a large outdoor shopping center, not in direct view of pedestrians walking into Planned Parenthood. The vast majority of the signs were both informative and moving. Only one person had a sign with a mangled baby on it from an abortion, something I wish wasn’t there but was glad it was only one rogue sign and not the dominant mood of the protest.
- The Planned Parenthood protests today were unique in that they are in direct response to the undercover investigation videos that have been released about how Planned Parenthood sells baby body parts for profit. You can view all of the videos at The Center for Medical Progress’ website. Here’s one: