Protesters demonstrate over federal Planned Parenthood funding

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The occasional passerby honked in support, although one fellow in a blue vehicle yelled out, "Keep it at your church".

Mike Cistola from Virginia Beach said he's been demonstrating against abortion consistently for about a decade. Protestors' signs on Saturday said it lies.

She said in a statement, "The effort to defund Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with taking healthcare away from women".

Supporters also showed up at some clinics where the anti-abortion demonstrations were being staged, and in some cases, outnumbered those who were protesting against federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

She is encouraged by the new administration and the decision to reinstate the "Mexico City" policy - a ban on USA funding for groups that provide abortions overseas, she said.

"The federal government should not be sending taxpayer dollars to abortion providers, and it shouldn't force states to do so either", Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told the Examiner. Vice President Mike Pence addressed the annual March for Life last month - a historic first in the major anti-abortion rally's decades-long history - and President Trump has blocked us aid money from supporting groups that provide or "promote" abortion in other countries.

She said supporting organizations like Planned Parenthood is important, especially since abortion services aren't something most women choose to seek out simply because they want one.

But the group's critics call it corrupt.

Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion chain, receives over $420 million from the federal government every year, organizers said.

ABC News has reached out to the organizers for comment.

On the other side of the debate, several new faces were cropping up. "Planned Parenthood has wronged women in a lot of ways". She'd used their services when she was a college student with no medical insurance, but had never been active in demonstrating.

"My mom was actually supposed to abort me", she said. As many as 6,000 people turned up for competing demonstrations in St. Paul, Minnesota, according to local police. "It makes no difference what you do politically, unless people's hearts actually change", he said. On top of that, Planned Parenthood is trafficking baby body parts.

"Nobody wants an abortion", she said. "We feel like everyone deserves to live".

"We're here to help these girls", he said.