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    US Holds Nationwide Anti-Abortion Protests

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    US citizens demanded to stop funding Planned Parenthood clinics and called for humane abortion alternatives, such as adoption.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Thousands of people in the United States protested outside  clinics throughout the county to speak out against the abortion centers, local media reported.

    The protests, organized by several major activist groups were held on Saturday outside over 300 clinics in all 50 states and Washington, DC, according to multiple social media reports.

    The activists demanded to stop funding the clinics and shut them down. Meanwhile, the pro-life supporters believed there should be more funding for humane abortion alternatives, such as adoption.

    The protests follow the release of seven Planned Parenthood videos by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, which showed Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sell of aborted babies' body parts — fetal tissue and organs. The US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said that the Center for Medical Progress might have broken US federal or state laws by making public the videos, and said was considering legal action.

    In 2013, Planned Parenthood received 45 percent of its funding from the US government through $540 million in grants, according to the organization’s 2012-2013 annual report.

    Planned Parenthood has more than 700 clinics all across the country and facilitates approximately 81,000 abortions annually, according to its website.


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