Group Protests in Front of Planned Parenthood for Human Reproductive Rights
On the evening of May 6, just a few days after the Eugene community came together in a major demonstration of solidarity with human reproductive rights, a small, but committed, group of supporters convened in the windy rain—and recurring rainbows—at Planned Parenthood on Franklin Blvd.
The event, organized on Facebook, began at 6 p.m. and started with about five people—including both a medic and security person—on the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood building holding signs that read phrases such as “never again” and “my body my choice.”
By 6:30 p.m., a few more people had arrived and the group decided to use both sides of the street for maximum sign visibility.
The group’s reception was almost entirely positive aside from a few vehicles that either revved their engines or intentionally backfired next to the people on the sidewalk. Most, though, honked and raised their thumbs or a fist in the air in support.
One woman leaving the parking lot stopped to give her gratitude for those gathered. She rolled her window down and thanked everyone saying that she hadn’t seen anyone out front in support of Planned Parenthood during the time she had been coming there.
Around 7:15 p.m., people began to leave, ending the short, small, but steadfast demonstration.