“Women Betrayed” a collaboration of more than 20 pro-life organizations, participated in 60 demonstrations across the country on August 18, in protest of Planned Parenthood and its taxpayer funding. In Orlando, chanting filled the streets in front of Lake Eola Park, when over 70 people from local parishes gathered at Senator Bill Nelson’s Downtown Office to peacefully protest.
“We are tired of Planned Parenthood spending,” said Sandra Rosas, Rally Spokesperson and parishioner of Incarnation Parish, Orlando. “We want our politicians to defund Planned Parenthood and give awareness to the communities of what the organization is doing with our taxpayer dollars.”
This gathering came after the Planned Parenthood organization, with facilities around the country, made national headlines when a video was released featuring Planned Parenthood officials talking about the selling of fetal tissue and organs. Several other videos have since been released.
Irene Doyle, parishioner of Blessed Trinity Parish, Orlando said this movement is led by a strong, youthful pro-life generation. Several young protestors also attended the rally in hope of changing the way abortion is seen across the nation; noting human life should be valued.
“The pro-life movement is important to me,” said Christie Arnold, 25, a law student at Florida State. “I believe unborn children have the right to life as much as anyone else.”
All participants hope their outcry will not go on deaf ears as another bill to defund Planned Parenthood nears. A previous bill was proposed, but failed to pass in the Senate on August 3.
The Catholic Church and many other faith communities are seeking to establish laws and social policies that protect the right to life of unborn children, provide care and services for women and children, and safeguard human life at every stage and in every circumstance. The Catholic Church reveres human life as created in the image and likeness of God. For the Catholic Church, abortion is of overriding concern because it negates two fundamental moral imperatives: respect for innocent life, and preferential concern for the weak and defenseless.