STAMFORD, Conn. -- Laila Bravo said that when she turned to Planned Parenthood for information after she became pregnant in 2014, the only thing she heard from them was how she could abort the fetus.
"The receptionist said we do abortions here," Bravo said during a protest against Planned Parenthood on Tuesday in front of the Stamford Government Center.
She said she made an appointment to speak to someone about an abortion. But in the meantime, she turned to Norwalk-based Malta House for help. Bravo decided to have her baby, who is now a healthy 7-month-old girl. It is her second child.
Bravo was one of a number of speakers at the noontime rally, which attracted more than 150 people. The protesters oppose abortion and seek to defund Planned Parenthood after a pair of controversial videos surfaced.
"I chose life," Bravo said at the rally. "Today, every day, every night, I get to kiss my baby good night rather than cry. And I thank you all for supporting life."
Planned Parenthood has been under fire in recent weeks after the release of a pair of videos recorded surreptitiously by an anti-abortion group, the Center for Medical Progress. In the videos, Planned Parenthood employees are seen discussing how the organization handles the donation of fetal tissue after abortions.
Greenwich resident Sharon Boland of the 40 Days for Life organization accused Planned Parenthood of not telling the truth to women who come to them for abortions.
"They are more than happy to tell these young women that they can have abortions without without telling them they are working on the side with third-party vendors and these third-party vendors are interested in purchasing the human body parts of the children that are being aborted," Boland said at the rally.
Another speaker at the rally was state Sen. Michael McLachlan, a Republican from Danbury.
Conservative critics have gone on the attack, saying that Planned Parenthood is making money of the sale of fetal parts and that the organization has broken the law.
Planned Parenthood has said the organization does not profit from fetal tissue donations and said clinics can only charge fees to cover transportation and handling of the donations.
Some Republican lawmakers are calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, which receives more than $500 million in federal funds annually.
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