Hundreds turn out in downtown Dayton for Planned Parenthood protest

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Hundreds of people, both for and against Planned Parenthood, flooded downtown Dayton Saturday for a national day of protest.

In last several weeks Planned Parenthood has taken the spotlight, with the latest debate over whether the organization should no longer be federally funded.

The cries to defund the organization come after what some are calling a disturbing videos. In them, the staff is seen talking selling aborted fetal tissue for research. Planned Parenthood says that practice is legal. It spurred Saturday’s nationwide protest of Planned Parenthood.

Dayton’s downtown branch was met with more than 100 protesters and supporters.

“We feel Planned Parenthood has done more to prevent abortions than Right to Life or any of those groups because they provide women with education and access to birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place rather than forcing women who are pregnant to have children that they don’t want want.” said the Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance.

An advocate with Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance says every woman should have the right to make a choice. She says only a woman and her doctor should be a part of that conversation, not the government and churches.

Protesters like Miamisburg Representative Niraj Antani see it differently.

“The other side often says this is about women’s health and Planned Parenthood. The number of cancer screenings that they have done over the last 10 years have decreased by 50 percent. As well, the State of Ohio, we fund crisis pregnancy centers. We fund health clinics. There are plenty of options for women’s health. What this is about is the issue of abortions.” said Antani.

Several legislators are working on a new measure to defund Planned Parenthood. A U.S. Senate measure to defund planned parenthood failed earlier this month.

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