Protesters march in support of Planned Parenthood

By Samie Gebers

Last update: Saturday, March 25th, 2017

About 50 protesters raised their signs and voices, marching in support of Planned Parenthood from the Santa Clarita Skate Park to Rep. Steve Knight’s office on Carl Boyer Drive on Saturday.

“We’re going to march to Steve Knight’s office,” said Dinah Stephens, senior director of public affairs at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. “We want him to know that we’re here and that people in his district support Planned Parenthood.”

The march not only had a goal to raise awareness of Planned Parenthood, but to celebrate yesterday’s pull of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration.

“Now that the bill was pulled, it’s a bit more of a celebration now,” said Jessie Brown Clark, a volunteer with an organization that supports Planned Parenthood.

Dinah Stephens briefs protesters outside of the Santa Clarita Skate Park before the march supporting Planned Parenthood on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

“But we still want to tell people why Planned Parenthood is important.”

Clark moved to the Los Angeles area for college, and found that her school didn’t offer as many reproductive services as she had hoped.

That is when she turned to the nonprofit for help.

“When I finally got a job and healthcare, I wanted to give back,” Clark said. “They were there for me when I needed them. That’s why I became a volunteer.”

Protesters begin their march from the Santa Clarita Skate Park to Congressman Knight’s office on Carl Boyer Drive on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Kevin Hannant, a resident in Stevenson Ranch, came out on Saturday to spread awareness on the services provided by the non-profit.

“There are low income families, especially, that need it,” Hannant said. “It serves thousands of people in our district alone. It’s not just women, men are also benefiting from their services.”

Karina Elias, another volunteer, felt that Planned Parenthood supported basic needs that everyone should have access to.

“Reproductive rights are basic human rights and reproductive health is something that we should all care about,” said Elias.

Shawn Graves records video of volunteer speaker Isaac Lieberman at the Santa Clarita Skate Park before the march supporting Planned Parenthood on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal
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Protesters march in support of Planned Parenthood

Protesters march along Centre Point Parkway in support of Planned Parenthood on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

About 50 protesters raised their signs and voices, marching in support of Planned Parenthood from the Santa Clarita Skate Park to Rep. Steve Knight’s office on Carl Boyer Drive on Saturday.

“We’re going to march to Steve Knight’s office,” said Dinah Stephens, senior director of public affairs at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. “We want him to know that we’re here and that people in his district support Planned Parenthood.”

The march not only had a goal to raise awareness of Planned Parenthood, but to celebrate yesterday’s pull of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration.

“Now that the bill was pulled, it’s a bit more of a celebration now,” said Jessie Brown Clark, a volunteer with an organization that supports Planned Parenthood.

Dinah Stephens briefs protesters outside of the Santa Clarita Skate Park before the march supporting Planned Parenthood on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

“But we still want to tell people why Planned Parenthood is important.”

Clark moved to the Los Angeles area for college, and found that her school didn’t offer as many reproductive services as she had hoped.

That is when she turned to the nonprofit for help.

“When I finally got a job and healthcare, I wanted to give back,” Clark said. “They were there for me when I needed them. That’s why I became a volunteer.”

Protesters begin their march from the Santa Clarita Skate Park to Congressman Knight’s office on Carl Boyer Drive on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Kevin Hannant, a resident in Stevenson Ranch, came out on Saturday to spread awareness on the services provided by the non-profit.

“There are low income families, especially, that need it,” Hannant said. “It serves thousands of people in our district alone. It’s not just women, men are also benefiting from their services.”

Karina Elias, another volunteer, felt that Planned Parenthood supported basic needs that everyone should have access to.

“Reproductive rights are basic human rights and reproductive health is something that we should all care about,” said Elias.

Shawn Graves records video of volunteer speaker Isaac Lieberman at the Santa Clarita Skate Park before the march supporting Planned Parenthood on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

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Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.

  • Linda Beck

    Why don’t you people start your own charity where you can fund abortions with your own money. Howboutdat?

    • Anthony Breznican

      Look up the Hyde Amendment. Federal money hasn’t been permitted for abortion services since 1976.

      (Howboutdat?)

      • Ron Bischof

        You’re aware that the DNC platform in the last Presidential election called for the elimination of the Hyde Amendment with the support of PP, yes?

        “We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.” – 2016 Democratic Party Platform July 21, 2016, pg 37

        http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/papers_pdf/117717.pdf

        • Anthony Breznican

          And yet the Hyde Amendment exists. She’s objecting to “alternative facts”! 🙂 Unless she beamed in from some other dimension, LOL!

          • Ron Bischof

            Non-responsive to my points but I note you worked in a slogan and an ad hominem.

          • Gary Bierend

            And everybody knows that the Hyde Amendment magically eliminates the fungibility of money.

    • Daniel Glenn

      Linda, what makes you think the marchers have not donated to women’s health charities?

  • Anthony Breznican

    Glad to see my friends and neighbors in Santa Clarita coming out to support Planned Parenthood, an important organization for women’s health.

  • Linda Lott

    Many of us in the SCV support Planned Parenthood and the legal right for women to have abortion. We also understand that Planned Parenthood provides family planning services to men and women along with other services such as pap smears, std testing, etc.

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.