ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A rally was held in Albany on Tuesday in support of Planned Parenthood as funding for the organization has been on the minds of lawmakers around the country.
The Capital Region is no stranger to the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood. They have dozens of protestors outside the local offices each week.
But a different crowd gathered on Tuesday. Nearly 100 people lined Central Avenue to show their support for the organization.
Recently, videos have been released that allege to show the sale of aborted baby body parts by the organization.
“The outrageous accusations leveled against Planned Parenthood are offensive and categorically untrue,” Planned Parenthood Pres. Cecile Richards said.
But conservatives aren’t buying it.
“Should we defund Planned Parenthood?” presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie asked. “Of course we should.”
Chelly Hegan is the president of the local Planned Parenthood. She said the funds aren’t any different than what a hospital would receive.
“Most of the federal money that we do get is in the form of payments from Medicaid,” she said.
Even so, supporters at the “Pink Out” rally in Albany said defunding the organization would cause many women to not receive healthcare at all.
“And if we don’t have that, where do we go?” volunteer Joanne Kathleen Farrell said. “This will cost lives if they defund.”
There’s one woman’s story that Hegan said she’ll never forget.
“She wanted to get on birth control so she could be responsible for her life, and her insurance required an enormous copay that she couldn’t afford,” she said. “Planned Parenthood is all about empowering women and giving them choices for their lives.”
Hegan said the rally is just the beginning.
“We’re not going anywhere,” she said.
The rally was part of a nationwide day organized to stand with Planned Paretnhood.
The New York State Catholic Conference is pro-life and said the following in a statement:
“The videotapes that have surfaced in recent weeks have clearly shown the callousness with which Planned Parenthood treats unborn children, both before and after abortions.”
Under the Affordable Care Act, birth control and counseling for all women must be made available for free by an in-network provider.