Hundreds line Jefferson Boulevard in anti-abortion protest

Event organizers said more than 500 people stood outside the Fort Wayne Planned Parenthood facility in opposition of abortions Aug. 21, 2015.
Event organizers said more than 500 people stood outside the Fort Wayne Planned Parenthood facility in opposition of abortions Aug. 21, 2015.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Hundreds of anti-abortion protestors stood along Jefferson Boulevard Saturday morning as part of a nationwide event protesting Planned Parenthood.

The event’s organizer, Silas McClufor with Advocates for Justice, said they counted more than 500 men, women and children standing outside the city’s Planned Parenthood facility.

The group is protesting a series of secretly recorded videos made by the Center for Medical Progress. The videos show conversations of Planned Parenthood officials talking about aborted fetal organs it provided for research, according to McClufor.

“Planned Parenthood is lying to women and not giving information that they are using the body parts of the aborted babies. They are not telling mothers they are selling these for a profit and we cannot stand for this. Planned Parenthood does not honor women and it doesn’t have respect for human life in the womb,” McClufor explained.

What McClufor is referring to is from one of the videos showing a conversation between Planned Parenthood and StemExpress, a company that provides blood, tissue and other biological material for medical research. The video talks about purchasing organs from fetuses from partial-birth abortions, as described by OBGYN Physician Dr. Christiana Francis.

“Multiple times in multiple videos, [Planned Parenthood] is seen discussing how to get higher compensation for this fetal tissue. And in fact, a flyer given to Planned Parenthood by StemExpress states that sale of tissue will benefit them financially,” Dr. Francis, who is also a board member with the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said.

Francis also said, which can be seen in the clip above, that the videos secretly made by the Center for Medical Progress show Planned Parenthood breaking at least three federal laws, including preforming partial-birth abortions.

Planned Parenthood has said allegations it profits from the practice are fabricated by abortion opponents. An investigation by the Indiana Department of Health determined Planned Parenthood facilities in the state have not violated any regulations on the disposal of fetal remains. The investigation was ordered by Governor Mike Pence following the release of the secretly filmed videos.

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