Protesters flock to Livonia Planned Parenthood

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"And if we supported women to be able to have their children, they could do so".

The Planned Parenthood facility, which some demonstrators said is typically open on Saturdays, was closed.

Some of the demonstrations were met with counter-protests by Planned Parenthood supporters.

Tiffany Harms, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, said the opposition's use of the word "defunding" is a misnomer. One woman reminded opponents that Planned Parenthood is more than abortion services.

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She said more than 3,000 people planned on attending the rally in a park outside the office of Republican Sen. While the organization performs abortions, government funds cover those only in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's life is in danger.

The first event, urging the federal government to strip funds from Planned Parenthood was scheduled to last until 11 am.m Saturday near the clinic at 825 Shields Street.

Prey argues that Planned Parenthood helps to prevent abortions through education and birth control.

There were more than 200 protests including in Charleston to defund the non-profit.

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President Donald Trump last month banned US funding to global groups that perform or provide information about abortions.

After the general election a year ago opened up the real possibility of defunding Planned Parenthood, most pro-life leaders believed that campaign would have to wait until this fall, during negotiations for the 2018 budget.

"These comprehensive clinics outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20 to 1 nationwide and provide far more services". The Reno Police Department said there were about 20 people involved in the protest calling to defund the organization while there were "hundreds" at the counter-protest.

Vice President Mike Pence has always been an ally to anti-abortion groups and last month became the most senior government official to ever speak at the March for Life, an annual anti-abortion rally which drew tens of thousands to Washington, D.C. "Rights come from God... we have a nation that calls evil good and good evil and I can tell you judgement will fall on this country and when it does it will be very harsh", Rod Romeyn told 24 Hour News 8.

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"If people want to cut down the number of abortions, they have to make sure we have contraception because it's not going to work any other way".

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