St. Louisans show outrage over Planned Parenthood videos at #WomenBetrayed rally

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The boiling sun and nearly intolerable heat didn't prevent people from sharing their disgust about Planned Parenthood officials allegedly selling fetal body parts from abortion.

About 300 attended the #WomenBetrayed rally July 28 on the sidewalk outside the St. Louis Planned Parenthood. St. Louis was among more than 60 cities that participated in rallies across the country.

About a dozen speakers, including politicians, pro-life activists and women personally affected by abortion, shared their stories, calling on legislators at the state and federal levels to defund Planned Parenthood. Students for Life of America and Pro-Life Future organized the rallies.

In the past three weeks, the Center for Medical Progress has released three undercover videos of Planned Parenthood top personnel speaking about the sale of fetal body parts obtained from abortion. Released that day, the latest video features a former employee of a biotech firm describing the company's work of dissecting freshly-aborted fetuses and harvesting the body parts.

Also speaking at the rally was Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, who chairs the state investigation into the allegations against Planned Parenthood. Schaefer said the committee met for the first time last week. Among the first items on the agenda was to evaluate whether Planned Parenthood in Columbia, which recently obtained a license to resume abortion services, is in compliance with state laws on ambulatory surgical centers.

"There's a lot of information out there that we need to bring to light so that the public actually knows what's occurring at these facilities and to determine whether or not what really appeared to be criminal admissions in that video are occurring in the state of Missouri," said Schaefer, who is running for attorney general.

Kyla Grimes, a former patient at Planned Parenthood, described how close she was to aborting her now-toddler daughter, KyLee. Grimes, who became pregnant at 19, described the careless attitude of staff after she forked over $150 to fill out paperwork, obtain an ultrasound and blood work before the abortion.

"They weren't genuine; they didn't care," she said. "It was just dark and lonely. They didn't care, but they made sure they got that money."

It wasn't just the usual crowd at this rally. People who had enough after seeing the videos came to show their support. Among them was Caroline Frank, who was with her mom and sister.

Frank described herself as having "very liberal" beliefs and supporting equal rights for all, but the sale of fetal body parts from abortion "is taking it too far."

"I believe no matter what religion you are, you can still respect life," she said. "Everyone is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Life begins at conception, and everyone has potential to change the world."

Tori Long made the trek from Cape Girardeau to stand outside Planned Parenthood. Sporting a tattoo of the Benedictine cross on her upper arm and neon pink-streaked hair, the 23-year-old held a sign promoting New Wave Feminists, a pro-life organization that says it exists to "take feminism back from those who have corrupted it."

"Women don't need abortion to be equal to men," Long.said. "This culture that women live in does not foster the choice to give life to our children. We are told we have to reject our femininity" through abortion to be equal. 



A project of Students for Life of America and Pro-Life Future, #WomenBetrayed rallies were held in more than 60 cities July 28.

The website, has a sign-up link to receive an action kit and information to contact legislators.

Another #WomenBetrayed rally will be held at noon Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood, Forest Park and Boyle avenues. Watch for more information. 

Bishops' statements

The Missouri bishops have issued a statement supporting an investigation into the allegations that Planned Parenthood sells fetal body parts from abortions.

"Any form of trading fetal body parts from aborted babies demonstrates a profound loss of respect for human life and for the human body," according to the statement. "It is a desecration of the human body, which is a gift from God our Creator. It further ensnares and makes complicit not only researchers, but many others in the evil of abortion."

Read the full statement at 

In addition, Cardinal Seán O'Malley, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops responded, in part, "The recent news stories concerning Planned
Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society. The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues though abortion. Both actions fail to  respect the humanity and dignity of human life. This fact should be the center of attention in the  present public controversy."

The entire statement can be read at 

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