Spokane City Council passes resolution reaffirming abortion access

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane City council passed a resolution protecting abortion rights in Spokane.

City Council members voted 4-2 in favor of the resolution. The resolution put forward by Council President Breean Briggs, which reaffirms and supports abortion laws in place.

It also limits City employees, which includes police officers, from participating in out-of-state abortion investigations or investigating the outcome of a pregnancy.

When Roe v. Wade was overturned earlier in the summer, Washington Governor Jay Inslee made it clear that abortions are still welcome in the state. Washington passed Initiative 120 in 1991, which says the government is not allowed to interfere with or deny a pregnant person’s privacy in making reproductive decisions like abortions.

Multiple people came up to testify on the decision, with the majority of those people opposing the resolution. One of the people who expressed their opposition to the resolution was former City Council member Nancy McLaughlin.

Most of the people who testified opposing the resolution said that the council should focus on other topics in Spokane, such as homelessness, rather than abortion.

One of the people who expressed their support for the resolution was Paul Dillon, Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood.

Those who expressed support for the resolution say that it provides resources for those in the most vulnerable communities, in particular, minorities that don’t have that access to those resources.

Many community members have been calling on Spokane leaders to show their support for abortion access.

City Councilmember Zack Zappone was not able to attend the meeting. He released a statement showing his support for the resolution.

“This resolution also establishes that City policy is that city staff, resources, and law enforcement should not assist with any investigatory requests related to abortion that come from agencies in other states,” part of Zappone’s statement read. “This is not a what-if scenario. It is a reality individuals face today.”

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