Hundreds protest potential Planned Parenthood defunding at US Capitol

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WASHINGTON- Hundreds of mostly women protestors gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to call out President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers as insensitive to reproductive rights.

“I’m outraged about defunding Planned Parenthood. It’s not just women’s health they support but men’s health too,” said Elaine Emiling, a 74-year-old retired teacher and urban planner from Silver Spring, Md.

“They provide services that both women and men can share and take advantage of, and I think that’s just basic, its basic decency,” she added.

The protest coincided with speeches by Democratic members of Congress led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) in celebration of International Women’s Day as well as ‘Day Without a Woman.’

The House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which is supported by President Donald Trump, includes a provision that would prohibit the use of federal funds to organizations such as Planned Parenthood that provide reproductive services such as abortion.

Amy Dahmann, 34, of Bethesda, Md., who works for a small business, said she came to the protest to show support for her “two young daughters.”

“Women’s issues are really important to me in terms of thinking about their future and what the future is going to be like for them,” she said.

Dahmann expressed concern about the prevalence of sexual assault in the U.S. and said she wants her daughters to be able to “make their own decisions about their reproductive rights.”

Vy Horwood, 43, an interior designer, also from Bethesda, Md., said she too is worried about how defunding Planned Parenthood could affect her daughters.

“There were lots of times in my twenties that I went to Planned Parenthood just for basic healthcare services because I didn’t have healthcare,” Horwood said.

“And now that the ACA is in jeopardy and Planned Parenthood is in jeopardy I don’t where we’re gonna go when they don’t have health insurance and they need basic services or abortion,” she added.

This story was republished with permission from Talk Media News