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UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

Spokane police lack training to enforce noise ordinance at Planned Parenthood protest

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.


UPDATED: Mon., March 23, 2020

Texas, Ohio orders on surgeries prompt new abortion fight

Orders by the governors of Texas and Ohio to stop all non-essential surgeries in those states have unleashed a new battle over access to abortions during the coronavirus pandemic.


UPDATED: Wed., March 4, 2020

Woodward to sign health facility noise protections spurred by Planned Parenthood protests

Mayor Nadine Woodward plans to sign new protections for health care facilities into city law, while The Church at Planned Parenthood mulls potential litigation.


Shawn Vestal: Ordinance preventing clinic disruptions doesn’t harm the First Amendment

Good news, everybody. The First Amendment rights of the Church of Planned Parenthood remain intact.


UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

City adopts law to keep the noise down during Planned Parenthood protests

The Spokane City Council adopted new protections for health facilities amid pressure to dampen the loud protests outside of Planned Parenthood.


UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

Chief Meidl defends officer’s comments about the attractiveness of women participating in Planned Parenthood protests

One after another, Spokane City Council members pleaded with police Chief Craig Meidl on Monday to publicly condemn his officers’ comments about the attractiveness of women at protests outside Planned …


Spokane mayor meets with Planned Parenthood, opponents ahead of noise ordinance vote

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 24, 2020

Idaho lawmaker comment seen as threat to Planned Parenthood

A state lawmaker from Kootenai County is facing criticism for comments considered threatening by abortion rights advocates.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 24, 2020

U.S. appeals court upholds Trump rules involving abortions

In a victory for the Trump administration, a U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld rules that bar taxpayer-funded family-planning clinics from referring women for abortions.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Amid unspecific threats, police presence boosted at Spokane City Council meetings

In response to unspecified threats, there has been an increased police presence at recent Spokane City Council meetings.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Proposed law aims to reduce impact of Planned Parenthood protests in Spokane

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 …


Shawn Vestal: Noisy nights at Planned Parenthood lead to year of conflict between clinic, police

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. …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Anti-abortion activists meet opposition at EWU, Planned Parenthood

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Christian centers turn to contraception to offer abortion alternatives

When a low-income woman searches for reproductive care, she often goes to a Planned Parenthood clinic, where she’s treated as a patient with an array of medical options. Or she …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Federal judge blocks Alabama’s strict abortion ban

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama’s near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part wave of new abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Paul Dillon, Lili Navarrete and Sarah Dixit: Will the next Spokane mayor enforce the law, or play politics with women’s rights?

Will the next Spokane mayor enforce the law, or play politics with women’s rights? Voters have a choice.


Women of the Year: For Jordan Stevenson, being active is the way to help others

“I think that one of the things that I learned early on as an advocate is that using your story is the most effective way to advocate for legislation or …


Karl Eastlund: Title X gag rule is about politics, not women’s health

Taking away access to care and silencing health care providers should not be a political strategy.


Money crunch after Planned Parenthood quits federal program

SALT LAKE CITY – Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

Planned Parenthood said Monday it’s pulling out of the federal family program rather abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.


Trump administration delays ban on abortion referrals at family planning centers

The Trump administration has backtracked on an announcement five days earlier that had required federal funded family planning centers to immediately stop referring women for abortions, giving the clinics two …


Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

Trump administration says its new regulation barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals will take effect immediately.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019

Spokane Councilwoman Kate Burke says Border Patrol presence at Hoopfest could threaten inclusivity of event

After hearing from constituents who raised concerns over a U.S. Border Patrol booth at this weekend’s Hoopfest, Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke has asked the lead organizer of the massive …


Order: Abortions can continue at Missouri’s lone clinic

A Missouri commissioner on Friday ruled that the state’s only abortion clinic can continue providing the service at least until August as a fight over its license plays out, adding …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019

Appeals court allows Trump administration’s abortion ‘gag rule’ to take effect

Federal appeals court says new Trump administration rules imposing new hurdles for women seeking abortions can take effect.


Planned Parenthood builds Ala. clinic despite abortion law

Planned Parenthood is building a new women’s clinic in Alabama despite the state’s near-total ban on abortions


UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019

Judge’s order means Missouri clinic can keep doing abortions

A judge issued an order Friday ensuring Missouri’s only abortion clinic can continue providing abortions, acting just hours before the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility’s license was set to expire.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019

Judge considering Missouri abortion clinic license case

A St. Louis judge is deciding whether to grant an order that would allow Missouri’s only abortion clinic to keep its license to perform abortions past Friday.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019

Spokane joins nationwide rallies against fetal heartbeat bills

In front of more than 100 people on Tuesday, Cynthia Hamilton, Women’s March and Indivisible organizer, told the story of her abortion.


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019

Planned Parenthood funding in Texas at stake in hearing

A federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday on whether Texas had the right to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics in the state – a case that could …