WASHINGTON, D.C. (BP) — Some 13,000 pro-life activists called on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood (PP) at more than 60 rallies across America on July 28, the same day the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a third video showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of baby parts obtained through abortion.
The nationwide rallies, organized by Students for Life of America (SFLA) and Pro-Life Future, attempted to translate the outrage stemming from the CMP videos into concrete political action. Though tallies of the number of gatherings varied, SFLA said it “conservatively” estimated that protests occurred in 65 cities. SFLA President Kristan Hawkins told LifeSiteNews the rallies led at least two women not to follow through with their planned abortions.
The rallies were catalogued on social media under the hashtag #WomenBetrayed.
Meanwhile, senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announced the Senate will vote on defunding PP before Congress’ August recess. The House appears unlikely to vote on defunding before the recess, though pressure on Speaker John Boehner to schedule a vote is mounting, The Hill reported. President Obama is expected to veto any bill defunding America’s largest abortion provider.
Richard Land, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission who was instrumental in highlighting the blight of abortion to Southern Baptists, said the CMP videos have the potential to incite enough public outcry to provoke legislators to override a presidential veto.
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