Local groups, following national trends, have come out in support of Planned Parenthood.
The Area Resource and Referral Organization for Women (ARROW LGBT), Equality Florida and the Compass Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Lake Worth and Palm Beach have released statements in support of Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization that provides reproductive health and maternal and child health services.
While the organization has consistently been under fire by Republicans for offering abortions legally, the new support comes after recent attacks and allegations by the Republican Party claiming that the organization has been selling fetal body parts for profit, according to Politico.
According to Politico, over the past three weeks, various graphic video clips showed the non-profit trading the body parts for profit in graphic scenes with fetuses. Now, Republican hopefuls are hoping to shut the organization down.
While the organization does transfer tissues, Planned Parenthood obtains consent from patients, transfers tissues at cost, and works with organizations concerned with advancing human health and research, according to Politico.
In a Politifact article, they explain that women can donate their fetuses and organizations can accept a fee for their efforts, making the exchange perfectly legal.
With the heat surrounding Planned Parenthood, LGBT organizations have come out expressing support for the non-profit and the services they provide.
The Human Rights Campaign was one of the first organizations to express support for Planned Parenthood.
“While some opponents of women’s rights and LGBT rights in Congress gear up again to try and defund this vital organization, we stand with PPFA,” JoDee Winterhof, vice president for Policy and Political Affairs announced in an HRC Blog post.
She pointed out that they offer an abundance of services including routine examinations, pre-natal care, cancer screenings, HIV and STI testing and contraceptive services and have been strong allies for the LGBT community, even supporting the recent Equality Act.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights has also released a statement backing Planned Parenthood.
“NCLR stands with Planned Parenthood at this time of unrelenting assaults,” said Kate Kendell, executive director. “The specious allegations being leveled against this critical network of health centers are nothing more than a transparent attack on the ability of all people to receive compassionate, non-judgmental reproductive and preventive health care.”
ARROW LGBT’s president Cindy Brown recently released a statement.
“I think we should say that as an organization committed to the health of the LBT community we support Planned Parenthood and all the services they provide to women,” she said. “Access to healthcare and family planning is essential to the health of all families.”
Compass revealed their support in their newsletter.
“False allegations are being used to attack Planned Parenthood & harm women,” the statement read. “Compass proudly fights for women's health and rights, and we #StandwithPP. We encourage you to show your support for Planned Parenthood.”
On Equality Florida’s blog, they also expressed their support, expressing the idea that the Reproductive Justice and LGBT Movements are connected in their mission.
“As a pro-choice organization, Equality Florida recognizes that the term pro-choice is not limited to a position on abortion access, but encompasses a much broader advocacy of sexual life liberated from reproductive function,” the blog read.
More LGBT organizations continue to stand with Planned Parenthood on a national and local level to protect women’s rights to choose.