Planned Parenthood will hold scores of rallies across the country Tuesday as part of its effort to regain the political initiative amid a partisan controversy over its provision of fetal tissue for medical research, The New York Times writes. Along with the "Pink Out" events, Planned Parenthood will deliver a petition in Washington with more than two million signatures from supporters, and chapters in 23 cities will offer free tests for sexually transmitted diseases.
The events aim to demonstrate public support for the embattled nonprofit and underscore its role in providing non-abortion health services to low-income women as congressional Republicans investigate claims that Planned Parenthood illegally profits from the sale of fetal tissue and seek to block federal funding for the group.
The organization has hit back against the allegations, asserting that it only donates fetal tissue to researchers in accordance with U.S. law and that guerrilla videos purporting to show illicit activity were heavily doctored. Living under such political threats has become the "new normal" for Planned Parenthood, which has been repeatedly targeted by abortion foes and conservatives, the Times writes.