Community stands with Planned Parenthood

The Stand with Planned Parenthood Rally occurred Saturday, February 11 in downtown Bloomington outside of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. It is estimated that 1000 people attended, including many NCHS students, faculty and alumni.

The rally began at the McLean County Museum of History and followed a march route to the BCPA , where attendees rallied on the lawn. The organizers, employees of the Bloomington Planned Parenthood clinic, spoke about their experiences and beliefs before attendees addressed the crowd.

The speakers, who ranged in age from elementary school children to baby boomers, spoke on a variety of topics including their own Planned Parenthood experiences, birth control, LGBTQ+ healthcare, and the myriad of other services provided by the clinic.

The rally was met with limited pro-life opposition, only a few counter protesters sprinkled the crowd as people showed up to support Planned Parenthood. Among the crowd were people of all ages, gender identities, and races who came together in support of the organization.

On Wednesday, January 4 the U.S. House of Representatives voted 240 to 181 in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood, known for its pro-choice practices, and shifting the group’s taxpayer funding to comprehensive health care clinics.