Church at Planned Parenthood to meet outside facility despite judge’s order

SPOKANE, Wash. — A group of pro-life activists known as The Church at Planned Parenthood are scheduled to gather outside the facility on Tuesday. 

The demonstration comes despite an order from a judge to put a stop to the group’s efforts to interfere with patients’ access to healthcare. 

An injunction was issued on Monday requiring related protests to happen across the street from Planned Parenthood. 

The judge’s order included that anti-abortion demonstrations happen at least one hour after Planned Parenthood stops accepting new patients at 6 p.m. That would mean a protest can start at 7 p.m. 

Members, led by Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea, gathered outside the facility at 6 p.m. to pray. The event itself is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., according to a Facebook post.

In a release, Spokane Police said officers will report any violations of the injunction to the court.

“We will continue to work to protect people and property, ensure the health center is able to operate without disruption and to enforce local and state laws,” it reads in the release from SPD.