Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, wants to protect life by working with gun-control groups that are helping the student survivors of the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Fla., to organize a nationwide "#MarchForOurLives" this month.
In its fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2016, Planned Parenthood disclosed that it had performed 321,384 abortions, or about 880 deaths a day.
Since the Feb. 14 shooting, in which 17 people were killed, some student activists from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spoken to the national media and to lawmakers, demanding more gun control and an end to the National Rifle Association (NRA). Student David Hogg has described the NRA as "child murderers."
The March For Our Lives Go Fund Me website has, so far, pulled in $3,344,180 of its $3.8 million goal. Hollywood celebrities such as Oprah, Steven Spielberg, and George Clooney have also pitched in. The main march is scheduled for March 24 in Washington, D.C. Organizers are also working to hold marches in cities across the nation.
Numerous liberal groups are assisting the student activists to organize the march, handle media requests, lobby, organize, and plan for ongoing, long-term political agitation. As reported by BuzzFeed News, some of these liberal/left groups include MoveOn.org, Women's March LA, the American Federation of Teachers, Everytown For Gun Safety, and the Giffords Foundation.
In its news story, BuzzFeed reported that a "spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, which has not directly been in touch with the students, said it has been in contact and offered support to Giffords, which is spearheading the national coalition of groups working with March for Our Lives."
"The spokesperson also said the group is 'teaching and hosting trainings' for young activists across the U.S. 'to keep momentum going so they don't get burned out.'"
On its events site, Planned Parenthood explains that it is participating in the DC March for Our Lives. Planned Parenthood in D.C. states, "As a community-based health care provider, Planned Parenthood believes that all people deserve to live healthy lives and feel safe in their homes, schools, places of worship, and communities.
"On March 24th, our supporters will be joining the students, families, and communities working for gun violence prevention across the country in the March For Our Lives action in Washington, DC. We'll be meeting at Subway on 5th and D at 11:30 am to walk over to the march location together. See you there!"
Planned Parenthood offices in other parts of the country have announced that they also will participate in the gun-control march in their cities. For instance, Planned Parenthood in Springfield, Mass., says, "Come join us as we stand in solidarity with this student-led movement and stand behind local students fighting for safer schools. We will be meeting across the street from court square in front of the Mass Mutual Center building holding pink signs at 11:30am 1277 Main St, Springfield, MA 01103.
MoveOn.org is a major advocate for abortion on demand. MoveOn is assisting the student gun-control activists.
According to its annual reports over the last few years, the number of babies killed by Planned Parenthood were:
2016: 321,384 abortions
2015: 328, 348 abortions
2014: 323, 999 abortions
2013: 327, 653 abortions
Planned Parenthood receives federal funding every year from Congress. For its fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2016, Planned Parenthood received $543.7 million from Congress.