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Pastor receives thousands of letters from Planned Parenthood after anti-abortion rant

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Thousands of thank you letters have been sent to Pastor Greg Locke at his church. (WSMV) Thousands of thank you letters have been sent to Pastor Greg Locke at his church. (WSMV)

Every day that Pastor Greg Locke goes to the mailbox at Church Global Vision Bible Church, letters pour out by the dozens.

"I would say on most days we're getting 100 to 200 of these," Locke said. "There are some days we'll get 500.”

The letters are from Planned Parenthood thanking Locke for donations he never made. Locke said the donations are being made by supporters of Planned Parenthood all over the country. He said the donors are using his name and church's address, in turn Planned Parenthood is sending him acknowledgment cards.

It's all part of a massive pushback effort in response to a video rant Locke posted to Facebook, where he speaks out against abortion following the national women's marches.

"It was not a women's march, it was a Planned Parenthood march," Locke said in the video.

"It was all about abortion, and there were some things that were said and done there that were crossing the line, they were beyond borderline," he added.

After receiving nearly 3,000 thank you notes from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Locke took a trip to Washington D.C. to return the cards to the Planned Parenthood offices. He was met by guards who refused to let him in, but put out two recycle bins for Locke to put the cards in.

Locke is not backing down from his views that he says are Bible-based.

"Abortion is not women's healthcare," Locke argued. "Abortion is abortion, and there is a big difference between what that is and what we would actually consider taking care of the needs of ladies, which most of the stuff that Planned Parenthood does you can get at your local health department.

“My fight with them is they have shielded who they really are and they've made themselves to be heroes of women when they're not heroes of women. They're murderers of little babies," Locke added.

Since February, Planned Parenthood of Tennessee has received nearly 1,700 donations amounting in nearly $35,000 in donations made in Locke's name, according to the agency's president, Jeff Teague. He said the donations range from $5 to $1,000.

After Locke traveled to Washington D.C., Teague said Planned Parenthood received another wave of donations.

Locke is now trying to rally his followers to donate to pregnancy crisis centers, just as Planned Parenthood supporters have donated. He is partnering with a religious organization called "Mission Pre-Born."

"We want to provide the $60,000 to get the four different sonogram machines, because nine times out of 10, a young lady that's struggling, she has an unexpected pregnancy, when she can see her baby on that machine, then she is going to choose life," Locke said.

Locke called Planned Parenthood an abortion business, arguing that the majority of procedures are abortions, not women's health screenings as the organization claims.

Teague said Locke is "grossly mistaken."

"Ninety-seven percent of the services provided by Planned Parenthood across the country are cancer screenings, affordable birth control, breast exams, well women exams, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, testing and referral for HIV, transgender services, pregnancy testing with options counseling, as well as sexual health education and information. Approximately three percent of Planned Parenthood services are safe, legal abortion," Teague wrote in a statement.

As for the letters, Locke said he has asked Planned Parenthood to take his name off of their mailing list and to stop sending him mail. He has been redacting his address and marking "return to sender" at the local post office.

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