EUGENE, Ore. -- About 100 people congregated at the old Federal Courthouse building in downtown Eugene, most clad with pink signs, buttons and stickers.
"Personally, I'm outraged this was passed in the House of Representatives," said University of Oregon student Erin Howe. The House voted last week to cut about $400 million from Planned Parenthood's funding. Now the U.S. Senate will weigh in.
"It's a giant slap in the face to women and people everywhere to be denying such essential services," said Howe.
"The bill is really not in alignment with mainstream America," said Cynthia Pappas, Founder and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon.
Across the street from the rally, a smaller group of people gathered with anti-abortion signs and banners.
"If you're supporting the educational end, you're also supporting the rent and upkeep of buildings that are also producing abortions. So I agree that they should be able to support themselves on their own," said protester Lynda Teutsch.
"I want people to see that we're here," said UO student Kerry Snodgrass. "I want people to have a face to put with the issue, that we're women and men joining together to support Planned Parenthood."