Protest in Thousand Oaks: Defund Planned Parenthood

By Beau Akers

More than 120 citizens rallied in Thousand Oaks to peacefully protest Planned Parenthood’s selling of aborted baby parts.

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The demonstration in Thousand Oaks was one of hundreds in the first nationwide protest against Planned Parenthood. The call for national protests occurred after a spate of undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress emerged of Planned Parenthood supposedly selling tissue and organs of babies aborted in their clinics.  The latest alleges Cate Dyer, CEO of StemExpress (a biomed company), discussing the purchasing and dismembering of fetuses obtained from their partner, Planned Parenthood, which they recently ended their business relationship with.

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A Thousand Oaks resident, Della Spinelli said, “We’re a group of pro-life people hoping for a defunding of planned parenthood throughout the country. Our tax dollars are funding what we are so morally against.” She says the group is outraged with how Planned Parenthood is selling body parts.

The community that gathered in Thousand Oaks referred to themselves as pro-life supporters rather than anti-abortionists with the desire to have Planned Parenthood federally defunded. The people rallying were not a bunch of crazy right wingers, but  sincerely concerned with the recent allegations.

“It’s a response to the videos being released about Planned Parenthood. It’s a grassroots thing, church and non-church people are here supporting pro-life,” said 63-year-old Thousand Oaks citizen Charlie Shaw.

Shaw said, “ultimately most of the folks would love to see Planned Parenthood defunded by the government.”

“It’s a little over the top for most folks,” he said.

There was a pregnant mother in the crowd who said this was the first time she had ever been to a rally.

The expectant mother, 34-year-old Lisette Murphy, said she was: “…heartbroken after seeing the horrible things that are happening to these little humans. And I think that somebody should speak up for them. My desire is for this, is for it to not happen.”

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Lisette Murphy

There were no representatives from Planned Parenthood to discuss the mounting allegations. A sign was posted on their front door stating: “Due to no provider Sat, Aug 22, 2015, we are closed. We will re-open Monday 08/24/2015. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

Someone did call the police. No one was arrested at the peaceful protest.

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Photo Credits: Marc Langsam http://photographyczar.com/  and Beau Akers

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Beau Akers is a recent graduate of California State University, Northridge where he majored in journalism.  He is a storyteller, adventurer, occasional comic, and a very amateur hockey player.

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