The occasional passerby honked in support, although one fellow in a blue vehicle yelled out, "Keep it at your church". Protestors' signs on Saturday said it lies.
"I feel like everyone should have equal access to rights, and I feel like ever since Trump came into power, I've felt more under attack than my entire 24 years", Planned Parenthood supporter Devyn Crane said.
President Donald Trump last month banned federal funding to global groups that perform abortions or provide information about abortions.
Together with protesters in other cities across the USA, they gathered to demand the organization be stripped of its federal funding.
The Obama administration rule was finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services in December, prohibiting states from withholding federal grants to the women's health organization.
Rallies for and against Planned Parenthood took place across the United States on Saturday, and about 100 people in Ithaca attended a rally in support of the organization at Dewitt Park. Rather than defunding a women's health organization that provides affordable, nonjudgmental and high-quality care, we should be active in defending Planned Parenthood through advocacy, donations and volunteer opportunities. Opponents have long called for the total defunding of the group, claiming that their practices are unethical and amount to murder.
"Why does Planned Parenthood need tax dollars", she said. She walked up and down the street holding a bright-pink sign with "Planned Parenthood saves lives".
On the other side of the debate, several new faces were cropping up.
Planned Parenthood advocates rallied in front of the Grand Rapids facility just feet away from their opposition. She'd used their services when she was a college student with no medical insurance, but had never been active in demonstrating. "I just want our leadership to know that a lot of people support Planned Parenthood". "God says, 'I formed you in the womb.' He created us".
More than 1,000 people lined Cherry Street between College and Madison Avenues Saturday.
Protest Planned Parenthood organizers expected public demonstrations at up to 225 clinics nationwide, prompting supporters to quickly organize at least 150 counter-demonstrations, Reuters reported. "This is not a political issue; this is a moral issue". I think that Planned Parenthood, from what I've been reading, is one of the primary providers of abortion.
Panique, now 57, said she was spurred into action by the recent election.
For 21-year-old Anika Meldrum, she said the protest wasn't about abortion, rather she was protesting to see money go towards healthcare for all.
"Choose life. I guess that says it all". "It's our duty now".