HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Protesters gathered Saturday morning outside of Planned Parenthood facilities nationwide.
Stacey Sistrunk, the protest organizer in Hattiesburg, saw there were not any protests in Mississippi and decided to take matters into her own hands.
"When I went on the web and I saw that (the) pro-life action league was organizing this all over the country and Mississippi was kind of absent to the party, it just broke my heart," Sistrunk said.
More than 60 people joined Sistrunk as they prayed and protested outside of the Planned Parenthood healthcare facilities.
The nationwide protest of Planned Parenthood stems from a series of controversial videos posted on YouTube. The videos show employees of Planned Parenthood talking to alleged buyers of aborted fetal organs.
"Five hundred and thirty million dollars is given to Planned Parenthood," Sistrunk said. "A lot of other entities, truly good entities that care about women's health that this money could be diverted to, and not given to an organization that feeds off of aborted babies."
Seven On Your Side reached out to Planned Parenthood and recieved the following statement from Southeast CEO Staci Fox:
"At Planned Parenthood Southeast, we are here for our patients, no matter what. For the women, men, and young people we serve, the care we provide isn't about politics – it's about their well-being, and we remain focused on ensuring our patients are able to access the health care we provide in a safe and caring environment. These protests are designed to shame the patients who seek basic health care services from Planned Parenthood and to intimidate the health care professionals who work here. Women should be able to get health care without fear of violence, harassment, or intimidation."