Abortion rights activists protest outside Spokane City Hall
SPOKANE, Wash. — Abortion rights activists are gathering Monday night in support of an abortion protection resolution going in front of the Spokane City Council.
The resolution, put forward by Council President Breean Beggs, would reaffirm and support abortion laws already in place. It would also limit City employees, including police officers, from participating in out-of-state abortion investigations or investigating the outcome of a pregnancy.
“We don’t want our healthcare providers to be in danger or people quite frankly who are exercising their rights to be in any kind of danger of criminal prosecution for something that’s entirely legal in Washington,” Beggs said.
After Roe v. Wade was overturned, Governor Jay Inslee affirmed that abortions are still welcome in the state of Washington. In 1991, Washington passed Initiative 120, which says that the government is not allowed to interfere with or deny a pregnant person’s privacy in making reproductive decisions like abortions.
Many community members, including Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, have called on the leaders of Spokane to show their support for abortion access.
“It’s so important for community members to show up, speak out, and really be loud and bold to protect abortion access for our patients to stand with providers. And tonight’s protests really are about showing up at City Hall, being loud and demonstrating that Spokane supports abortion access, and also calling on the mayor to take a position. So far, she has not, which is really disappointing many of our community members,” said Paul Dillon, Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho.
The “Bans Off Our Bodies” protest will begin at 5 p.m. The City Council will meet at 6.
The protest was organized by the Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Idaho supporting the resolution. Signs read “Protect our Rights,” “Can’t be trusted with a choice but you trust me with a child” and “Res #2022-0070 Protect Women’s Lives and Rights.”
A group of counter-protesters arrived at the protests, with signs saying, “Protect the Unborn” and “I am pro-life generation.”
The vote passed 4-2 in favor of the resolution.
4 News Now has not yet heard from the Mayor or her office on her stance on the resolution.
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