Protesters opposed to -- and in support of -- abortion clashed outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in San Francisco on Saturday, arguing over whether taxpayer money should go to a women’s health organization that provides abortion.
“We think that the other side has some valid concerns about women's health,” said Terrisa Bukovinac, president of Pro-Life Future of San Francisco. “However, we are absolutely not OK with federal funds going to an organization that profits from human demise.”
The rally was one of 200 organized across the country -- about 30 of them in California -- by anti-abortion activists, urging Congress to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood. In several locations, including Denver and St. Paul, Minnesota, demonstrators were outnumbered by counterprotesters.
In California, Planned Parenthood clinics receive $260 million per year in federal funds, though that money is restricted to providing birth control counseling, STD testing and cervical cancer screening -- not abortion.
Outside the San Francisco clinic on Valencia Street, about 40 anti-abortion protesters prayed and sang "Ave Maria," while more than 200 counterprotesters gathered on the other side of the sidewalk, shouting slogans like, “Pro-life, that’s a lie! You don’t care if women die!”
— KQED News (@KQEDnews) February 11, 2017