The anti-Planned Parenthood group was met with counter protests.
Demonstrators at the pro-Planned Parenthood rally oppose President Donald Trump's promise to restrict abortions and members of his party who vow to take away Planned Parenthood's federal funding.
The pro-life protest was part of a national call to protest at 200 Planned Parenthoods across the country.
"Only three percent of what Planned Parenthood does involves abortions", she says.
"The facts are very simple: There is no federal funding for abortions, and defunding Planned Parenthood from Medicaid reimbursements would result in a public health crisis".
Planned Parenthood estimates as many as 5000 people showed up at the Washington Square Park rally.
Martin said there's plenty of area organizations that expectant mothers can seek assistance from for health care and guidance.
Protesters rallyied outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in the City of Poughkeepsie, some of whom want the organization defunded and some of whom want to defend it. "I think sometimes people concentrate on the abortion issue".
"People deserve to have basic birth control services, healthcare screening.that's what planned parenthood does", said Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.
"It's a place that you can get access to decent, good, healthcare", said Mauri Fagan, a pro-choice protester. That money has been promised to other pregnancy clinics that do not provide abortions. "There is no blank check that is being written to Planned Parenthood, there is no line item in the federal budget for Planned Parenthood", Jacobson said.
"All across the country, Planned Parenthood supporters are taking it upon themselves to organize in their communities on their own", Kelley Robinson, a leader of Planned Parenthood Action Fund Support, said in a statement, according to The New York Times.
"Women are being treated like second-class citizens, which is reprehensible", Correll said. "Affordable health care for low income people of all genders" says one pro-choice protestor.