As politicians in Washington, D.C., continue to discuss Planned Parenthood funding, a group of area residents gathered at the corner of High and Main streets in Belfast Sept. 29 to show support for for the organization. The event was part of a national "Pink Out Day" with more than 230 scheduled events across the country to demonstrate the role Planned Parenthood plays in the community.

"We have have come together as a community to stand up for women and families in Maine who rely on Planned Parenthood for essential preventive reproductive care such as birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and well-women exams," supporter Meredith Bruskin said.

"These continued attacks by extremist politicians on women's health are part of a dangerous agenda to roll back access to reproductive health care and ban abortion," she said. "We're lifting up our voices and stories to let Congress know that we stand with Planned Parenthood."

Nationally, Planned Parenthood provides 2.7 million women, men and young people a year with health care. More than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas.