Anti-abortion activists are scheduled to rally at Planned Parenthood’s Baton Rouge facility Tuesday, calling for an investigation into the group’s practices and yanking of federal funds.
The rally — one of 55 planned across the country — is designed to call attention to recent allegations of Planned Parenthood’s involvement in selling fetal body parts, according to news release from Louisiana Right to Life.
Anti-abortion activists hope to convert the controversy into a ban on federal funding for the group.
The organization receives about $500 million a year — largely because it provides health care services for women.
There is a general ban on federal funding of abortions.
Planned Parenthood officials say some affiliates help women donate fetal tissue used for medical research and no sale of fetal body parts goes on. They call recent allegations another unfounded attack by anti-abortion groups designed to damage the organization. The undercover video that PP opponents use to back the claim has been heavily edited to distort contents, officials said.
Planned Parenthood has been in New Orleans and Baton Rouge for the last 30 years providing wellness exams, cancer screenings and family planning services for women and families as well as education programs.
An abortion clinic is planned as part of a new multi-million dollar health center Planned Parenthood has under construction in New Orleans. But a state license must be obtained. No fetal tissue donation program is planned for it, officials said.
Gov. Bobby Jindal called for a probe of the activities of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast which includes Louisiana as well as the state’s five abortion clinics in the wake of the video release.
The “Women Betrayed” rally is sponsored by Students for Life of America and includes representatives of Louisiana Right to Life and the Louisiana Abortion Recover Alliance.
It begins at 4:30 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood’s 3955 Government St. location.