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San Diegans Rally to Support Planned Parenthood

Posted: 7:43 PM, Mar 24, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-24 22:57:03-04

Some San Diegans rallying at Balboa Park were thrilled the American Health Care Act was pulled. The bill would have de-funded Planned Parenthood.

A rally was held in defense of Planned Parenthood in Balboa Park Friday.  

“It's very scary and it's very real,” said protester Kim Sontag-Mulder.

To undo Obamacare, the American Healthcare act had also aimed to choke funding to Planned Parenthood.

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Amid a sea of pink, an organization that at 30-yearsold, Erin Panichkul says she's depended on for more than a decade.

“It’s given me the autonomy to take control of my body, everything from birth control to the morning after pill to a pregnancy test to an abortion," she said. 

It is abortion that's made the non-profit the target of conservative fury for years. The federal government isn't allowed to use taxpayer dollars for abortion but the group gets millions to provide other health services.

“Access to breast cancer screenings, to basic reproductive health care, to getting your birth control, “said Nora Vargas, the Vice President of Government Relations at Planned Parenthood.

Opponents argue any funding could end up supporting abortions.

There was relief in Balboa Park that after Friday, funding for the group remains, but they understand, with all three branches of government in Republican hands, this Isn't over.