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Anti-abortion rights activists rally at Planned Parenthood in Sacramento

Dr. Vansen Wong of Sacramento, center, spoke to anti-abortion rights activists who rallied Tuesday outside a Planned Parenthood in midtown Sacramento, after an anti-abortion group released a third video related to the use of fetal body parts.
Dr. Vansen Wong of Sacramento, center, spoke to anti-abortion rights activists who rallied Tuesday outside a Planned Parenthood in midtown Sacramento, after an anti-abortion group released a third video related to the use of fetal body parts. rbyer@sacbee.com

Anti abortion-rights activists rallied on July 28, 2015 to protest outside a Planned Parenthood in midtown Sacramento after an anti-abortion group released a third video related to the use of fetal body parts. Video by Madeline Lear/The Sacramento

Religious leaders and other anti-abortion rights activists rallied Tuesday outside a Planned Parenthood in midtown Sacramento, after an anti-abortion group released a third video related to the use of fetal body parts.

The rally, one of dozens planned by anti-abortion activists in cities across the country, drew about 200 people. They called for Congress to withhold federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

“This is like being at the gates of Auschwitz,” said Wynette Sills, an organizer. “It’s not a rally so much as it is a memorial to all the lives that have been killed right here in this building.”

Planned Parenthood has generated renewed controversy following the release of secretly recorded videos showing officials discussing the price and delivery of fetal body parts. Activists accuse Planned Parenthood of profiting off of sales, while Planned Parenthood has said it is only reimbursed for costs – and does not profit – from a tissue donation program it said supports lifesaving scientific research.

David Daleiden, founder of the Irvine-based Center for Medical Progress, which released the footage, has not responded to requests for comment.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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