Supporters, detractors rally at Planned Parenthood

At some points, Planned Parenthood supporters formed lines to block about 50 people marching from the Supreme Court to a Planned Parenthood clinic but police officers moved them aside.

"Women don't choose abortion, they have abortions because they feel they have no choice", Freiberger said.

Police said both protests ended peacefully and no injuries or incidents were reported.

Calls for protests for and against Planned Parenthood brought almost a thousand people to the Grand Rapids area. The event is one of more than 200 Saturday demonstrations organized nationwide by #ProtestPP, a coalition of state and national anti-abortion groups. The pro-life group also gathered near Planned Parenthood's Ottawa office, which is just east of the courthouse.

If Planned Parenthood's access to Medicaid was taken away, it could be included in the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or the Budget Reconciliation Process.

Planned Parenthood leaders say abortions rights supporters also have been energized by Trump's election, as exemplified by the hundreds of thousands who flooded Washington a day after Trump's inauguration in favor of women's rights, including abortion rights.

While the protesters' stated objective was opposition to federal funding, many in attendance expressed their opposition to abortion.

Schroeder and Marvin Naegele said they don't want poor women to go without cancer and other health screenings, which is why they want any funding pulled from Planned Parenthood to go toward free or low-priced clinics that provide those services, but not abortions.

"We support the rights of all people to find freedom and justice", Corey said. I'm sure you know to what I am referring.

More than 100 supporters of Planned Parenthood carried hot pink signs, adorned with phrases promoting women's health, contraception and the right to abortion.

"They do a lot more than going through the incredibly taxing decision to have an abortion - the heartbreaking, taxing decision".

Martin said there's plenty of area organizations that expectant mothers can seek assistance from for health care and guidance.

Photographer Gretchen Robinette was on hand this morning and got video of the folks protesting Planned Parenthood.

"I want to help save the lives of future unborn babies", said Sanfelippo, whose husband Joe is a Republican legislator in the state Assembly.