National Day of Protest Draws Crowds

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A nationwide protest against Planned Parenthood took place in 47 states, more than 300 cities, including some in our area.

Pro-life demonstrators lined the streets in parts of Lackawanna and Luzerne counties to make their voices heard in a National Day of Protest.

With signs in hand and standing in unity, hundreds of pro-life demonstrators lined the streets of downtown Scranton.

Some were in front of the Planned Parenthood office on Penn Avenue and others along Mulberry Street.

"It really gets us motivated to keep going and to keep fighting the abortion and all the people that stand up for pro-life and to change the hearts of all these people that support abortion," said Nancy Noll of Scranton.

It's all part of a National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood facilities. Protests were set at more than 300 Planned Parenthood sites in 47 states.

Noll added, "We have to stand up for that life because that life cannot stand up for itself."

In Wilkes-Barre, North Franklin Street looked the same.

Pro-lifers of Wyoming Valley say the protests are a result of recently released videos by the center for medical progress that allegedly show Planned Parenthood workers selling fetal body parts for profit.

"We are standing against what they are doing to these innocent and helpless," said Marie Steve of Wilkes-Barre. "They are vulnerable, they don't have a voice and we are here to be their voices."

A small group of pro-choice demonstrators also showed up to the protest because they say it's important their voices get heard as well.

"It's my body and I should be able to do what I want to do with it," said Shelby Wick of Wyoming. "If something happens, they are always going to be here and it's not what they think it is."

Pro-life demonstrators in both counties say they hope the nationwide rallies will help cut off federal funding and close Planned Parenthood facilities.

Those on the pro-choice side say they will continue to fight for their own decisions.

4 comments

  • Really!

    Here’s some planned parenthood for you i d iots , wrap it up! How long does it take to wrap it! Or put a sponge in it? Or how about keep your hot jeans buttoned up

  • La'Taniana'Bo'Vanashrianiqualiquanice

    Demacrates want to murder babies with tax dollars and Republicans want to murder babies by starvation, cutting funds and programs!

  • Gerald Filtz

    Shelby Wick is wrong. It’s not just her body. The child growing inside the womb of a pregnant woman is a unique and human person.

    As to Planned Parenthood, it is an evil organization. It should not be getting even a penny of taxpayer money. There are plenty of health care providers for women that do not sell abortion that should receive those taxpayer dollars to help women.

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