Planned Parenthood Protests Hit Oklahoma In Nationwide Initiative

Saturday, August 22nd 2015, 8:06 pm
By: News On 6

The protest of Planned Parenthood clinics has been going on nationwide after videos surfaced about the organization selling fetal tissues and organs for medical testing.

Police estimate about 100 people showed up in Oklahoma City on Saturday to protest a clinic there, and about 150 people protested in Tulsa.

The protestors don't support federal funding of Planned Parenthood, while supporters say Planned Parenthood provides needed healthcare services.

While there was a differing of opinions on Saturday in Oklahoma, everything stayed pretty calm.

Tulsa police kept watch as protesters lined South Peoria in opposition to the organization.

“We're just out here, protesting Planned Parenthood, particularly them selling little baby parts,” George Lewis said. “They're just doing things that we believe the mainstream American is not in favor of."

The protest was a part of a national initiative in more than 300 cities across the country.

"I wasn't planning on doing this, but I got educated through videos and some other means, and boy, I realized we need to do something about this.”

Honks and cheers could be heard as cars passed by the display in front of the Tulsa clinic.

Some were in support and some were in disagreement.

Protestors say they don't want their tax dollars going to an organization that performs abortions, while supporters say that's not all the clinic is about.

"Everybody's been really well behaved, people have been pretty nice,” PPH supporter Erin Rose Briggs said. “We've had some people come over and talk to us and obviously we have different viewpoints, but we've had some really great conversations today."

Rose and her six  friends live nearby and they appreciate the services the clinic provides.

It is an issue she said they felt compelled to come out and support.

“Abortion services are 3 percent of all the services that they provide,” Rose said. “ And 97 percent is all kinds of other services to low-income families, college students who aren't covered under their parents’ health insurance."

It's an issue both sides agree to disagree on, even as some conversations get heated.

An example of the First Amendement in full force.