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.

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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