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The night before the Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol, a face that would be familiar to many in the Spokane area took the stage in Freedom Plaza just east of the White House to rally the crowd to rise up against Satan and a “stolen” election.
After a judge's order this week barring protesters from disrupting services provided at the Planned Parenthood clinic in North Spokane, the Church at Planned Parenthood showed up and seemingly violated the order, anyway. It's another example of the Spokane Police Department not taking action to disperse the crowd, despite the ruling and action from city lawmakers.
“The right to protest does not include protesting to shut Planned Parenthood down or to harass its patients and health care providers,” Spokane County Superior Court Judge Raymond Clary wrote in a 15-page order.
Worshippers regularly gather outside Planned Parenthood on Indiana Avenue and yearn to be heard by God, hoping their prayers for an end to abortion will be answered.
After two months of low attendance amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the crowd of protesters singing Christian songs outside Planned Parenthood in north Spokane rebounded to 130-plus strong on Tuesday evening.
Mayor Nadine Woodward plans to sign new protections for health care facilities into city law, while The Church at Planned Parenthood mulls potential litigation.
The Spokane City Council adopted new protections for health facilities amid pressure to dampen the loud protests outside of Planned Parenthood.
Days before the Spokane City Council considers legislation that could limit the impact of protests outside Planned Parenthood, Mayor Nadine Woodward met with representatives from the health clinic and The Church at Planned Parenthood.
Spokane Police body camera footage, posted online Sunday, shows how officers interpreted the city’s laws against excessive noise as scores of protesters gathered outside Planned Parenthood last summer.
In response to unspecified threats, there has been an increased police presence at recent Spokane City Council meetings.
Councilwoman Lori Kinnear introduced a new law Monday that she said aims to respect free speech and the protesters’ right to their opinion, while ensuring their chorus of objection does not intrude on the services inside the health care facility’s walls.
The evangelist came from Texas just for this: to stand in the rain on Indiana Avenue on a Wednesday, preaching a sermon about the walls of Jericho and Roe v. Wade.
Two anti-abortion activists demonstrated at Eastern Washington University on Wednesday afternoon, about two weeks after a similar appearance prompted a counterprotest involving hundreds of students. In the evening, the same two men joined hundreds of other anti-abortion activists for the latest meeting of “The Church at Planned Parenthood,” a crowd that included state Rep. Matt Shea. Police and a small group of counterprotesters were also present.
For months, a group called Church at Planned Parenthood has been meeting on the grassy area across from Planned Parenthood. They say these are church services, but Planned Parenthood said they are extremist protests meant to intimidate.