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Bellingham Herald: Hundreds rally to support Planned Parenthood in Bellingham
March 19, 2011- A portion of downtown was flooded with pink as hundreds of people rallied in support of Planned Parenthood on Saturday, March 19.
The intersection of Ellis and York streets in front of Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood was brimming with people dressed in pink, carrying pink signs that read, "I stand with Planned Parenthood." People shouted "Yes, we plan," and got honks and waves from passing cars.
The noon rally was one of many throughout the country to support the organization, which is facing federal funding cuts for its services. Besides birth control, cancer screenings and health exams, Planned Parenthood offers abortions, which make up a very small percentage of what the organization does, said Katherine Dickinson, medical director of the Mt. Baker facility.
"It's such an important organization to provide reproductive options for women in our county," said Patricia Otto, a gynecologist who works in Bellingham. "They do a tremendous amount of health care for women in our county, and men."