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Hundreds Rally in Santa Cruz to Support Planned Parenthood
by Bradley Allen (bradley [at] bradleyallen.net)
Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
Demonstration outside Planned Parenthood Santa Cruz in support of fundamental rights to affordable healthcare and non-judgmental family planning.
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[ Protect Your Sisters, Not Just Your Cis-Ters. We Love Planned Parenthood. ]

Hundreds Rally in Santa Cruz to Support Planned Parenthood

On February 11, over 800 people rallied at the intersection of Soquel and Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, and across the country, in response to nationwide "Defund Planned Parenthood" rallies. Animated speakers shared personal stories of receiving vital healthcare services from Planned Parenthood, often unaccessible anywhere else.

Demonstrators lined Pacific holding colorful homemade signs in support of fundamental rights to affordable healthcare and non-judgmental family planning, while also illustrating many of the horrendous atrocities which result from defunding Planned Parenthood.

Meanwhile, a dozen people congregated on Cedar Street, a block away from Pacific Avenue, in protest of Planned Parenthood. Organizers of the counter-protest requested for people to join them on Pacific Avenue and not engage with the Planned Parenthood protestors. However a group roughly the same size as the protestors said they were not engaging, but were determined to hold their ground and maintain a close presence. They said the rally on Pacific Avenue was too festive, and they did not show up for a celebration.

In addition to greatly overshadowing the small number of Planned Parenthood protestors, organizers of the counter-demonstration also collected $1,790 in donations, with 100% given to Planned Parenthood Santa Cruz.

The February 11 rally in support in Planned Parenthood follows the historic Santa Cruz Women's March on January 21, 2017.

* Note, these photos were taken and processed on a phone.

§Water Balloons Thrown at Planned Parenthood Protesters
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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A few folks ran up and threw water balloons at Planned Parenthood protesters and cursed them out on Cedar Street. Other people in support of Planned Parenthood voiced their disapproval of the action.
§David, One of the Few in Santa Cruz Protesting Planned Parenthood
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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David said he reads about homelessness and other social issues on Indybay, but says his beliefs are not typical, as shown by his sign.
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Counter-protestors on Cedar Street hold signs stating “Her Body, Her Choice” and “‘Go Forth And Harass Women At Planned Parenthood’ -Said Jesus – Never”
§Wes Stands on Cedar Street in Support of Planned Parenthood
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§Her Body, Her Choice
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§Hundreds Line Pacific Avenue in Support of Planned Parenthood
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§U.S. Out of Women’s Bodies
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§Trans Lives Matter to Planned Parenthood
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§Pro-Freedom to Plan is Pro Family
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§A Women’s Body Is Her Own Fucking Business
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§My Body, My Decision. Not the State, Man, nor Religion
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§Planned Parenthood Provides Care for All
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§Care Bears Stand With Planned Parenthood and Against Nazis
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§I Stand for Planned Parenthood
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§Thank You Planned Parenthood
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§Planned Parenthood Stood By Me!
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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§She The People
by Bradley Allen Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 12:29 PM
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