Protest calls for end to funding of Planned Parenthood affiliates

Staff Reporter

Hundreds of people attended a protest in Dublin at the weekend calling for an end to funding for the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) – an affiliate of Planned Parenthood – in the wake of the controversy surrounding undercover videos exposing the sale of aborted baby parts. 

The Centre for Medical Progress has released a series of videos online showing high-level executives of Planned Parenthood in the US discussing how to best harvest body parts from aborted babies. Participants at the protest, organised by Youth Defence, have called for Irish taxpayer funding to be withdrawn from the IFPA in light of their connection to Planned Parenthood.

“The IFPA have serious questions to answer. Do they support the sale of aborted baby parts? If not, will they condemn the actions of their affiliate, Planned Parenthood USA?” asked Clare Molloy of Youth Defence.

More than 300 protests against Planned Parenthood were held globally on Saturday, including a demonstration in Belfast organised by the ‘Stop Marie Stopes Campaign’ outside the Marie Stopes clinic which later moved to protest outside the Family Planning Association. 

“Just like the profit driven abortionists in Planned Parenthood, Marie Stopes’ sole interest is profit. Their mission is to exploit as many vulnerable women as they can,” said Caitriona Forde of Precious Life.