SAN FRANCISCO – Pro-life groups across California gathered in front of the Sacramento court house Wednesday to protest what they said was state compliance in the slaughter of the unborn.
Groups like Planned Parenthood – the nation's largest provider of surgical abortions – should not be allowed to receive federal and state funding to finance abortions, pro-life groups said at the "Rally for Life."
Last year alone, over $30 million of state taxpayers' money were used to finance abortions, according to The Coalition for Women and Children.
"[O]ur state budget is in crisis. That money could have been spent to provide salaries for over 900 elementary school teachers," the group said in a statement.
"The women and children of our state need services, not abortions! Abortions hurt the women who have them and deprive us of the children who are our legacy," the group added.
In a statement this week, The American Life League said it was encouraged to see that pro-life supporters were beginning to challenge groups like Planned Parenthood and others that operate on federal funding.
"We are happy to see California pro-lifers focusing more attention on [Planned Parenthood] and the reasons why this billion-dollar, baby-killing business should not get away with breaking the law," the group said.
Earlier this year, a study released by Planned Parenthood revealed that it had received over $300 million in tax payer funding – an increase of nearly 11 percent from the previous year.
Last year, the pro-choice organization also said it serviced record numbers of patients and earned over $1 billion in profits, despite an overall decline in the number of abortions throughout the nation.
Founded in 1916 by Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood operates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, describing itself as "the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider."