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Planned Parenthood and Pro-Life Groups Have Dueling Rally in Geneva Regarding Federal Funding

A rally to encourage support for continued federal funding brings out Planned Parenthood supporters and pro-lifers opposing tax money going to help fund abortions.

About 125 people showed up at Congressman Randy Hultgren’s new Geneva office Monday during a rally organized by Planned Parenthood Monday following a vote last week by the House of Representatives to stop its funding.

Hultgren, who represents the 14th Congressional District, was among the 240 legislators who voted in support of the Pence Amendment, which would ban federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The amendment was approved 240-185. The U.S. Senate is expected to consider the issue this week.

“We are urging our U.S. Senators to stand up for women and make sure that funding for preventive women’s health care is in the budget,” said Brigid Leahy, director of legislative services for Planned Parenthood-Illinois.

Leahy said nearly 40,000 Illinois women would lose services, of which more than 90 percent are preventive in nature. She said Planned Parenthood provides access for women to receive the basic health care they need, which includes information on preventing unintended pregnancies. 

Congressman Hultgren’s office was crowded with people coming in from the cold and using the bathroom. A few workers could be seen in their offices with the doors closed, including Communications Director Andrew Flach.

Flach said he heard about the rally when he came to work in the morning and that no one had contacted him about it. He said the Congressman was aware of the gathering, but was at various meetings throughout the district and was scheduled for a town meeting in Elburn later in the evening.

About 25 people with anti-abortion signs shouted “You’re a big liar,” and “No compassion” as Leahy addressed the crowd of mostly supporters waving pink signs.  

Tom Shenberger of Flossmoor said he made the drive "to protect the young and the innocent.”

“There are many, many abortions being performed there that shouldn’t be,” he said.

Patricia Weber of St. Charles said she didn’t want to see tax dollars supporting what she called the killing of babies.

“Don’t tell me it’s not about abortion,” she said. “Why are we supporting baby killing?”

Leahy told supporters to stand up against “the dangerous and misleading campaign by those who want to shut down our health centers.”

“Without this federal support, we could not care for the many women who come to us for quality, affordable care,” she said

Leahy described the opposition to funding as out of step with America’s values. 

Planned Parenthood opened a facility in 2007 at 3051 E. New York St. in Aurora that continues to face controversy from those against its presence in the community.

Danny H March 08, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Margaret Sanger: In a chapter from Woman and the New Race (1920) titled "Contraceptives or Abortion?," Sanger wrote, "While there are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization."
Danny H March 08, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Are you asserting that "minorities" use abortion as birth control more than the "majority," who I am assuming is us white people? And that "minorities" have less "self-reliance", "shame" and "personal responsibility" than the majority? Wow.
Todd Sweet March 08, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Chrisi V. Do you know these facts from some source? Condsidering that PP does 25% of all abortions in the USA, I find it hard to believe your "fact" that PP is more than 90% preventative. Obviously we all know they do provide the services you list since they have been caught on not 1, but several videos in different states offering those services (& abortions) to the underaged & illegal immigrant girls of sex trafficking pimps. Of course none of the federal money PP gets goes to abortions because that would be illegal & as stated above we all know how they want to follow the law - LOL. It's just an accounting trick to say we do abortions, BUT none of the federal money we receive helps pay for it. Remember the Pence Amendment says PP can still get their money if they stop doing abortions. If as you say they are "more than 90%" preventative then I'm sure it's no big deal to stop killing children that is less than 10% of their business to get the 100's of million dollars from our taxes.
Michael O'Connell March 08, 2011 at 08:53 PM
The "women speak out" group was mostly men. When you look at the pictures, why are there school aged children at a rally on a school day? I am amazed at the lack of information and education, (and the desire to remove human health services away from those who need it the most, the poor and the uninsured,) these "pro-life " protesters display. The planned parenthood group was made up of mostly women, whose reproductive health care is at risk.
Michael O'Connell March 08, 2011 at 09:11 PM
I am amazed how many people in this country have such a limited scope of knowledge on this subject. I feel like the pro-life group would argue the world is flat, or the earth is the center of the universe. I can see how the future home grown terrorists could come from this group. They wish to ill affect other people's life choices, to force their religious ideas of morality (much like the Taliban), and to suppress the truth to further their religious ideology. How are men making the choices for women's health? (look at the pictures) I am willing to bet, the anti-abortion group is a collective body from a church, and they are following the footsteps of the Westboro Baptist Cult Center.
Michael O'Connell March 08, 2011 at 09:33 PM
The fundamental understanding of freedom has not sunken into the minds of the pro-lifers. The control over your own person is a human right, something which is between you and your doctor. Freedom to marry, freedom to own a firearm, freedom to have an abortion, freedom to be religious, and freedom not to be. It is not your right to force your ideology on others. This is oppression. We have laws in this country, which apply to all people in it. This isn't about life, this is about CONTROL. Pro-lifers want control over everyone, including those yet to be.
Michael O'Connell March 08, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Are you censoring comments to provide a slant? I posted two comments which were not attacks, and both were removed. I hope the patch is not going to be like fox (faux) news.
Michael O'Connell March 08, 2011 at 09:53 PM
We have two unfunded wars, unfunded medicare part D, unfunded "no child left behind", we created a huge and unnecessary department in government-"homeland security", we did not let tax cuts expire, and this is where cuts are made? The financial problems we face today did not start with planned parenthood, and ending the funding will not cure it. This isn't about fiscal responsibility. This is about religious rights stomping on human rights.
Michael O'Connell March 08, 2011 at 09:59 PM
This is about religion performing an abortion on human rights.
Todd Sweet March 08, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Michael, you are correct on one part. This is about the abortionist's "religious rights" stomping on the human rights of the unborn! I shouldn't have to pay for it! Of course no one is going to change someone's mind my posting comments on the internet to a biased column, but I would ask you when does the "rights" of the unborn human being begin? Obviously I think we will have different answers for that :-)
Heather March 08, 2011 at 10:23 PM
I attended the rally and take issue with the assertion that some have made that the anti-choice folks were "respectful" and "peaceful". While I was there, listening to a speaker discuss the preventative health services she had received after losing her health insurance, the anti-choice folks were shouting for her to leave and using derogatory words to describe her. I also find it troubling that people continue to talk about Lila Rose and her manufactured "sex trafficker sting" as if she has exposed some great hidden truth about Planned Parenthood. As soon as her actors started showing up at PP with their pimp/prostitute shtick, Planned Parenthood notified federal authorities! http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/planned-parenthood-informs-federal-authorities-potential-sex-trafficking-35888.htm http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/02/us/02parenthood.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss
Rudy March 09, 2011 at 12:47 AM
So its ok for a mother to kill her baby? Michael what other types of killing do believe are acceptable? Not sure how the war is considered bad killing but women killers are alright!
Cathy March 09, 2011 at 02:08 AM
here's the real story: If the itinerary for Planned Parenthood’s “Truth Tour” sounds eerily familiar, that might be because it’s almost an exact replica of the itinerary of the 2,000-mile pro-life “Women Speak Out” bus tour that launched today in Iowa. Planned Parenthood announced the imitation bus tour on Sunday, billing it as a chance for supporters of the abortion giant to counter the “lies” of the pro-life tour “with the truth and to demonstrate just how much support we have in communities and online.” The Planned Parenthood bus will almost exactly mimic the route of the pro-life bus, except that it plans on showing up an hour before the “Women Speak Out” bus in each city. The Planned Parenthood bus also won’t be visiting a couple of cities that the pro-life bus will. The “Women Speak Out: Defund Planned Parenthood” tour is led by Live Action president Lila Rose and former Colorado Rep. Marilyn Musgrave. It will include press conferences and rallies in 13 congressional districts leave it to a branch of AOL news to get it completely backwards.
Kim March 09, 2011 at 04:22 AM
I was there to thank Congressman Hultgren for going to Congress and actually doing what he said he was going to do. I had no idea that this was a rally. That said I was glad to be there. My children witnessed first hand how important it is for us to stand up for all of God's children. It is about time that we supported individuals who have a good moral compass.
Michael O'Connell March 09, 2011 at 06:05 AM
If this was truly about abortion, how come there is not a line at the adoption agency and an overwhelming demand for Black and Hispanic babies? To answer you question Todd, a child's rights begin when it is born(separated from the host). It is not a child until it is born, otherwise it is still a fetus. An abortion is a medical procedure. Most pregnancies which are terminated, are done so with two pills. (Medication which allows a woman to regain control of the chemical processes in her body.) This is a miscarriage, not an abortion. If you don't like abortions, don't get one. In America, freedom is not defined by religion, but by laws. Your freedom ends where mine begins. It is something terrorist do not agree with, like the four who murdered abortion doctors. so iIwill ask you, Todd, how is your life improved by banning abortions, and on the flip side, how is your life worsened by allowed abortions? Please be specific.
Sue March 09, 2011 at 06:37 AM
Even the pre-born women?
Sue March 09, 2011 at 06:39 AM
Actually, it's about women who have sex with men that really do not care about them. Until women figure this one out, we'll continue to have over 1 million abortions every year. Abortion will never solve this problem...
Sue March 09, 2011 at 06:43 AM
Having a choice to do what? Have or not have sex? They've already got that. Why don't women wise up and stop having sex with creeps that don't want them or the child they've created. Abortion is the easy way out for the man...
Todd Sweet March 09, 2011 at 06:44 AM
Michael, luckily your answer is based on a personal preference (when life begins) to support your arguement. I believe that life begins at conception so while an abortion doesn't affect me personally, it affects the human being that is being killed - whether by abortion or miscarriage or whatever else you want to call it. I believe I should speak up and defend those who can't speak up for themselves. Do you find it ironic or sad or unjust that a person can be charged with two counts of murder for killing a mother and her unborn baby, but you can abort the baby with immunity?
Sue March 09, 2011 at 07:00 AM
It's not about what will make Todd's life better, it's about respect and dignity for all human beings, including those in utero
Rudy March 09, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Michael its all in your perspective try not to think of those Doctors as murdered think of them as post birth abortions! This way you can feel good again. I for one have never meet a baby I disliked. The adults are another matter lets change the law keep the baby abort the mother!
Michael O'Connell March 09, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Sue, just because a woman gets an abortion, doesn't mean she made a poor choice in having sex. Women get raped. Women have consensual sex and get willfully pregnant. The embryo attaches to the fallopian tube instead of the wall of the uterus, every day that passes, the mother and her embryo are at risk of death. Women also use contraception, which is not a guarantee, and sometimes it fails to do it's job. Have you adopted minority children? Have you offered to carry the embryo? Did you have a relationship with a man who did not care for you, is this why you think women have abortions?
Michael O'Connell March 09, 2011 at 03:59 PM
James Kopp, Paul Jennings Hill, Scott Roeder, Michael F. Griffin, Peter James Knight, are all heroes in the eyes of religious terrorist cults, in the same way Tom Metzger was for racists. I wonder how long it will be before this anti-choice group breeds their own hero, and joins the ranks of other cults like the Westboro Baptist Cult Center, or the Waco Davidians. Jared Loughner could have been a prime candidate. I have yet to see a denial of the anti-choice group declaring they are not part of a religious group, or their majority does not attend church. Religions want control over your mind and your body, and going after your reproductive organs is where it all starts.
Sue March 09, 2011 at 10:04 PM
Michael- I am not referring to rape, although less that 3% of abortions are rape cases. I am speaking about men and women (both parties) engaging in sexual intercourse that results in the creation of another human being. The decision to use contraception is fine, it should however be discussed/utilized before the sexual event takes place. Otherwise, the 2 individuals are just animals. Being humans, we should be above this, and act accordingly; take the precauationary steps before pregnancy occurs, do you agree? Contraception is not guaranteed, this is well known fact, condoms break, girls miss pills, so even if the 2 parties have sex, pregnancy can still occur, while using contraception. The child conceived is still human. It's about personal responsibility, really. You seem to be very energized about abortion. I wonder why this is? Maybe you can explain.
Sue March 09, 2011 at 10:06 PM
Michael- Why do you keep bringing religion into this debate? I agree, those people are nuts. They have an obtuse way of expressing their faith but can't you see thru all that stuff? Abortion is about the willful termination of a human being.
Rudy March 09, 2011 at 10:31 PM
I am far from religious I just don't believe in killing the innocent for convenience sake. If you want to take a life that is your right under the law! I don't wish to enable your activity with my taxes regardless of my opinion of the law.
Michael O'Connell March 10, 2011 at 02:55 AM
Sue- The reason I bring up religion in this debate is because it is a religious debate. I have been in church, I know the rhetoric. Abortion is not the issue, the religious make the debate about abortion here. This is about Planned parenthood being funded. Planned Parenthood provides so much for so many. Those who make the abortion debate (religious nutjobs), want ALL services and funding cut. Sometimes the choices in life we must face are not pleasant. I doubt when a woman leaves the facility after having an abortion, she is dancing with joy. I do see it as a traumatic experience. There is ZERO consideration for rape, incest, or health risks, when the religious nutjobs talk of abortion. They only have their religious agenda (control) in mind. Your concern is directed at the fetus, mine is directed at the woman. I think we can agree that each side feels the disregard for the one they have a concern for from the opposing view. I have never asked a woman why she would get an abortion, but I do see 19 years of government subsidized programs paying for the orphaned child, from pregnancy to graduation. With so much talk about smaller government and cutting taxes, who is going to foot this bill? Are you?
Michael O'Connell March 10, 2011 at 03:13 AM
Rudy- I have never stated that abortions are for convenience. Also, you don't enable a woman's activity to get an abortion with your tax dollars. If you did, that's too bad. Our government allows religious institutions to discriminate based on religious beliefs for employment, and my tax dollars go to the faith based initiative which funds these jobs. you don't always get your way. Our SECULAR government governs over all Americans, including the ones we don't like. It was designed to preserve our individual rights, and to maintain a barrier between religion and government without infringing on an individuals rights to exercise their religious beliefs. If you want to call abortions killing- fine. I don't care. I really don't care. As long as the woman’s rights are preserved. Human rights first.
Karen Moore March 10, 2011 at 04:18 AM
This is a never ending saga. I appreciate the passion but no longer want to get emails. Meet at starbucks on 3rd street and continue it there. And agree to disagree. Thanks.
Gretchen Miller Neuman September 20, 2011 at 04:39 AM
If Margo Easton was a Christian she would call her own mother. But she is a hypocrite.

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