Pro-Planned Parenthood Rally at Governor's Mansion in Louisiana Draws Paltry Crowd
Around two dozen pro-Planned Parenthood protesters stood outside the governor's mansion in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Thursday to protest Governor Bobby Jindal's recent decision to have the abortion provider investigated and defunded.
When the Jindal administration caught wind of Planned Parenthood's plan to hold a protest in the pro-life governor's front yard, they came up with a brilliant plan to counter them.
Jindal had a huge screen set up outside the governor’s mansion, and ran each of the seven disturbing expose videos of Planned Parenthood on a continuous loop for the duration of the protest.
The demonstration drew a paltry crowd of about 25 protesters (mostly women wearing pink), most of whom were carrying pink, pre-printed signs that read "Don't Take Away Our Care" and "Stand With Planned Parenthood." It's not known how many of the protesters were actually Planned Parenthood employees.
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Governor Jindal, who is also a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, missed all the excitement. He was in Spartanburg, South Carolina, participating in a town hall hosted by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC).
The governor put out the following statement prior to the event.
“Many Planned Parenthood supporters, including President Obama and members of the White House, said they have not or will not view the horrific Planned Parenthood videos.
Planned Parenthood has a right to protest today, but Governor Jindal’s office will ensure that anyone who shows up will have to witness first-hand the offensive actions of the organization they are supporting.
We hope the protesters will take a minute to watch them so they’ll have an opportunity to see first-hand our concerns with Planned Parenthood’s practices."
In the wake of the release of the Planned Parenthood videos, Governor Jindal cancelled Louisiana Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood and launched a state investigation into the organization's operations.
Louisiana is one of more than a dozen states that have launched investigations into Planned Parenthood, and/or taken steps to de-fund the abortion business following the shocking videos.