A coalition of pro-life Missouri groups announced that they will be rallying on Tuesday in St. Louis, regardless of the decision on the last Planned Parenthood facility’s license renewal. The group plans to respond to the decision on Tuesday, either with praise or criticism, depending on the decision.
On Friday, groups will also rally in Jefferson City in support of the massive pro-life bill, HB126. The rally was postponed last week due to the tornado.
According to a Facebook event for the rally/press conference on Tuesday, “With the possibility of St. Louis Planned Parenthood losing their license, we have decided it is time to come together as the pro-life generation and rally! If Planned Parenthood does lose their abortion license, we will be having a celebration rally! If they don’t lose their license, we will be calling for an immediate investigation into the 74 medical emergencies at this facility since January 1, 2009.”
Confirmed speakers include Jacinta Florence of Students for Life of America, Reagan Barklage of Students for Life of America, Kathy Forck of Team PLAY, and Leah Darrow.
Western Regional Director Reagan Barklage, along with Students for Life groups in the state have been working with local pro-life groups to bring attention to the numerous ambulances called to the St. Louis Planned Parenthood, calling for an investigation back in March into the practices. Additionally, Students for Life groups have spent the Spring semester with the Planned Parenthood Truth Tour, calling attention to the filthy conditions of may abortion facilities, even collecting thousands of post cards demanding an inspection.
The Daily Beast took note of our efforts. In a recent article, they noted, “The announcement that a Planned Parenthood clinic in Missouri is on the verge of shutting down—which would make the state the first to have no abortion providers—is the culmination of a decade-long campaign of surveillance and speculative complaints by activists…At the “MO Show Me Life Rally” this year, Students for Life activists demanded the governor launch an investigation into the clinic, citing Operation Rescue’s data. At the same time, local anti-abortion group Team PLAY took the ambulance reports and distributed them to anti-abortion lawmakers like Sen. Paul Wieland and Rep. Nick Schroer in booklet form. Wieland and four other legislators appeared at protests with Team PLAY activists across the state where Planned Parenthood was hoping to expand abortion access in 2017.”
Questions? Contact Reagan Barklage at [email protected]