Planned Parenthood slams 'extreme politics' ahead of RVA protest

Published: Aug. 21, 2015 at 12:01 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2015 at 4:04 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Demonstrators in RVA are gearing up to protest Planned Parenthood this weekend. Richmond is one of 300 cities across the country launching protests geared at forcing government leaders to defund the organization.

Protest organizer Leslie Davis Blackwell says she regrets having two abortions.

"It took me about 30 years to finally break the silence," Blackwell. "I was in the television industry, and I had a career. This pregnancy was an inconvenience. Get rid of this! It ended up breaking me. It haunted me."

New controversial videos allegedly showing Planned Parenthood profiting from tissue donation drove Blackwell to organize a protest in RVA.

"This protest is about these horrendous videos," said Blackwell. "It's a butcher shop."

Local Planned Parenthood officials say their mission continues.

"These videos are a fraud. They have been shown to be deceptive and untrue," said Cianti Steward-Reid with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia. "This is extreme politics. The women in Virginia need access to high quality low cost medical care. We've been doing that for nearly a century, and we'll continue to do that no matter what."

Virginia Christian Alliance president Don Blake says his group plans to bus people to the protest.

"What kind of people are we? We have become a nation of death," said Blake. "Churches are bringing buses and the church vans to this on Saturday."

The admitted goal is to have Planned Parenthood defunded.

"Do you want your tax dollars spent butchering babies?" questioned Blackwell. "It's no different from human sacrifice."

Blackwell says police will be on hand at Saturday's protest on Hamilton Street to make sure things remain peaceful.

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