Controversy continues over Planned Parenthood construction on South Claiborne Avenue

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Planned Parenthood says New Orleans needs more health care, not hate, and the organization quotes a poll showing that 73% of registered voters in Orleans Parish support its work.

Ramona Trevino, a former Planned Parenthood manager, is not one of them.

"They do offer other services. However, abortion is their big money maker; there's no way around that. You cannot deny that, the numbers speak for themselves,” Trevino said, at a rally inside St. Stephen Church Monday evening.

Emotions ran high, as hundreds of Louisiana Right to Life supporters gathered for what they called "a stand for the 2,844,” referencing the number of abortions they say Planned Parenthood is slated to perform annually in order to meet its financial goals.

Planned Parenthood spokesperson Jewel Bush says that number has been "twisted and misconstrued," citing its origin from paperwork that was required by the Department of Health and Hospitals, regarding the potential "unmet" need for abortions in the New Orleans area.

Bush says Planned Parenthood does not attach quotas to any services that it offers. But for those present at the rally, such as New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond, even one abortion is too many.

"It's not a quota, but what we're saying is that that could be a possibility and so by looking at that as a number and possibility, it does make us realize how much human life could be lost."

“It’s a number that breaks our heart,” the Archbishop said, adding that he’s encouraged by the number of young people who are taking a stand “for life.”