A group of Rhode Islanders plan to join a national day of protest Saturday morning against Planned Parenthood. Rhode Island Right to Life and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence say they will be among those calling on lawmakers to stop public funding for the health care organization.
The protests come after secretly filmed videos emerged last month of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the use of fetal tissue for medical research. Anti-abortion activists claim the group is using federal funding to illegally traffic body parts.
Planned Parenthood says it has not broken any laws and does not benefit financially from providing fetal tissue for research.
Federal law prohibits the use of public funding for abortions, except in the case of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is threatened. The organization says it received nearly half a billion dollars in federal and state funding in 2013, which was reimbursement for providing health care services, such as birth control, to mainly to low income women.