One woman spoke up for the rights of all women at a small Virginia news conference last week.
On Aug. 21, breast cancer survivor and former Planned Parenthood employee Leigh Anne Woods staged a protest at a news conference during a speech by Roanoke County Supervisor Al Bedrosian.
Local news outlet WDBJ7 reported that Bedrosian told the crowd that United Way, a privately-funded non-profit organization that helps fund other non-profits around the world, also provides funding for Planned Parenthood.
Bedrosian claimed that United Way gives money to help pay for abortions performed by Planned Parenthood. “Those that want to support Planned Parenthood, go for it. Do it,” he told the crowd. “We’ll continue to pray on our side that we get out of this business of killing babies, but you can do it if you want. That’s freedom in America. But to actually enhance, facilitate or enable it through county government is where I have a problem.”
Woods, who recently underwent a double mastectomy, walked right up to Bedrosian, completely topless and said: “You have a problem because they perform abortions, look at everything else they do, they save lives.”
Only three percent of Planned Parenthood’s efforts go towards abortion services. It’s important to remember that Planned Parenthood is a women’s health organization that provides thousands of annual breast exams, Pap tests and sex education programs.
United Way CEO Afira DeVries clarified to WDBJ7 what her organization actually funds. “We do not fund abortion. We do fund a very successful abstinence-plus education program that has led to phenomenal results in this community.”
We could definitely use a few more Leigh Ann Woods in the world. Keep fighting the good fight.