Protestors demonstrate outside Planned Parenthood clinic

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 12:44am

A handful of pro-life protesters picketed in front of the Ann Arbor Planned Parenthood located on Stadium Drive as a part of a national day of protest against Planned Parenthood clinics on Saturday. Though the Ann Arbor clinic was closed, the protesters held signs reading slogans such as “Stop the Sale of Baby Parts” and “Defund PP.” The pro-life activists were largely met with honks and angry shouts from passing cars. A statement from a national group called #ProtestPP announced there were demonstrations against 15 clinics in Michigan alone demanding federal defunding of the reproductive health service nonprofit organization.

The statement also focuses on Planned Parenthood’s alleged sale of tissue samples from aborted fetuses. A 2015 video released by the Center for Medical Process — though debunked by many national news outlets — depicts Planned Parenthood employees discussing tissue harvesting, and was cited by presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in a presidential debate last September as well as by a number of Republican legislators.

The highly edited videos put out by ant-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, allege that Planned Parenthood directly profits from the sale of donated tissue. Despite Planned Parenthood's repeated statements that any tissue donations are carried out with the highest ethical standards, many still doubt the organization and the issue has lead to a spark in debate over abortion. An investigation into the issue resulted in charges against the CMP instead of Planned Parenthood. 

Ann Arbor resident Paul Malocha, a local pro-life activist, said the public accusations should be further investigated, despite its controversy. 

“I know a lot of people think that isn’t true, but there’s a lot of evidence that needs to be considered,” he said.

A representative from the local clinic was not available for comment.