‘Largest ever’ crowd protests at Planned Parenthood Aug. 22

| August 28, 2015 | 2 Comments
Elizabeth Boldischar of St. Michael in St. Michael joined a group of about 300 people gathered for a protest/prayer rally in front of the Planned Parenthood office in St. Cloud Aug. 22. Similar events were held across the U.S. to protest the organization’s involvement in the harvesting and sale of tissue and organs from aborted children. A rally also took place in front of Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, sponsored by Pro-Life Action Ministries. Dianne Towalski/For The Catholic Spirit

Elizabeth Boldischar of St. Michael in St. Michael joined a group of about 300 people gathered for a protest/prayer rally in front of the Planned Parenthood office in St. Cloud Aug. 22. Similar events were held across the U.S. to protest the organization’s involvement in the harvesting and sale of tissue and organs from aborted children. A rally also took place in front of Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, sponsored by Pro-Life Action Ministries. Dianne Towalski/For The Catholic Spirit

Although estimates of the numbers vary widely, the largest-ever crowd to protest outside the St. Paul Planned Parenthood office Aug. 22 is a sign of renewed support for the pro-life movement, according to Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. The demonstration in St. Paul was one of more than 300 held in cities across the country that day. The protests followed the release this summer of undercover videos showing physicians and others associated with Planned Parenthood describing the harvesting of fetal tissue and body parts during abortions at their clinics and the cost to researchers. While organizers estimated there were 4,500 protesters at the Planned Parenthood facility at 671 Vandalia St. in St. Paul, police estimated 1,000 took part. MCCL’s Fischbach said his organization long ago gave up on playing the numbers game. “What should be said about the demonstration at Planned Parenthood Saturday is that it is clearly a reaction that people are shocked and horrified at what Planned Parenthood is doing,” Fischbach said. “It was a real mass outcry against Planned Parenthood. . . . To have the biggest group ever protesting at Planned Parenthood is a positive,” noting that since the release of the hidden-camera videos, more people have joined MCCL.

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  • Justin Stroh

    4500 seemed accurate – There were people everywhere – most on the North side some on the East side near the entrance.

  • tschraad

    The numbers will always be questionable. I just wished I would have seen our Bishops show their verbal support and speak against politicians, especially Catholic in name only Democrats, who turn a blind eye to the butchering of live innocent babies.