Planned Parenthood, Spokane Catholic Diocese take different stances on Roe v. Wade decision

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was not surprising to Planned Parenthood. 

“We’ve been preparing for this decision. It doesn’t make it any less sad, devastating, cruel. When you read the decision, it is absolutely draconian and dehumanizing,” said Paul Dillion, Vice President of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. 

On the other side, it’s a win for those who say all life is sacred. 

“I think we’re very grateful for the courts to reverse Roe vs. Wade, but we know that it is a decision that is being received with mixed emotions,” said Bishop Thomas Daly with the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. 

The Bishop says it’s going to be a time for healing as the nation moves forward, adding that it is important to help women facing difficult decisions. 

“It falls upon us and many other people to make sure we are there for those mothers with their children,” Daly said, adding that the church has supports in place for families and kids up to five years of age.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood is preparing for an influx of people coming across states line for help. It’s hiring more staff and creating its own fund to help patients who need to travel including money for lodging and transportation.

Already, one in four abortion care patients at Eastern Washington Planned Parenthood clinics are coming from other states, Dillon said.

Sixty-two percent of patients at the Pullman clinic come from Idaho, where most abortions will soon be illegal, he added.

“This is a dark day for America, but we’re not going to stop. We will never back down. We are going to continue to be here and our doors will always remain open,” Dillon said. 

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