Dueling Planned Parenthood rallies held at Utah State Capitol

Posted at 8:19 PM, Aug 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-26 00:15:08-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Two rallies were held at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday night. One consisted of people in support of Planned Parenthood and the other were people against it.

On the south steps there were about 3,000 Planned Parenthood supporters. During one point they were all shouting, "Fund Planned Parenthood, Fund Planned Parenthood, Fund Planned Parenthood."

The supporters were loud and their signs were clear, they are unhappy with Governor Gary Herbert's announcement to cut $300,000 dollars in funding to the organization.

"I think it's ridiculous, I think he made a very rash decision on very little information," said Vickie Samuelson.

The decision to cut the funding was made after edited video surfaced on the internet depicting a Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of fetal body parts for money. Planned Parenthood says the video was fake.

"I think Gary Herbert is great I have a lot of faith in him and his decision to cut the funding makes me even that much more pro Gary Herbert," said Christine Corbett.

Corbett was one of dozens inside the Capitol where a pro-life rally was held in opposition to Planned Parenthood's practices.

"They kill babies and they sell them so I really want them to be responsible for birth control for someone, for educating kids on sex I don't think so," said Linda Lukanowski.

Outside men and women continued to reiterate how planned parenthood saved their life.

"When I was 16 I got raped and they helped me with the morning after pill and STD testing and counseling and they also helped me with yearly exams that helped me find out that I have cervical cancer " said Athene Clark.

The programs that helped Athena, like STD testing and sexual education for children and teens, are the same programs that will suffer the most from the loss in funding, according to Planned Parenthood.

"I love the fact that they give a sex education class, gives the kids more information that they are acting on," said Robert Samuelson.

"Restricting access to health care doesn't benefit anybody ever," said Danielle Demeter.

Planned Parenthood has not officially lost its funding but that could happen within the next 30 days unless Herbert changes his mind.