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KC Dem Club On-Line: Paul Dillon, Planned Parenthood

The uncertainty resulting from the pending Supreme Court decision affecting Roe v Wade and the implications for state regulated abortion are at the center of this week’s Dem Club meeting. To help us assess the potential impacts of Idaho’s legal restrictions and outline measures that Idaho women can take to access abortion services, we have invited Paul Dillon to speak with us. He is Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PP). He will explain the current set of services that Idaho women can access through PP. In addition, assuming the fall of Roe v Wade, Paul will outline changes that PP may implement to respond to Idaho’s abortion restrictions.

The idea of the Supreme Court willfully restricting a woman’s right to an abortion seems surreal. Yet, it is likely, and we must deal with it. Join us this Friday, at noon online for a frank discussion about what women face as this anti-abortion threat becomes reality.

THE DISSOLUTION OF ROE V WADE

On March 23, 2022, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed a bill banning abortion after six weeks. Modelled on a similar Texas law that preceded it, the legislation anticipates the rollback of the Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973. The public anticipates a ruling by the Supreme Court on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization; a case that could overturn Roe v Wade. The likelihood of this legal rollback is supported by the draft opinion from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. This leaked legal argument adds credibility to the court’s intention to ignore legal precedence and overturn a federal right with 50 years of legal standing. 

OTHER RESOURCES

Kathryn Kolbert: The end of Roe v. Wade — and what comes next | TED – YouTube

ABOUT OUR MEETINGS

The Democrat Club meets each Friday at noon online. We distribute a Zoom link for our club meetings each Thursday prior to the meeting date. Contact Phil at pjwmia@aol.com or Ruben at rmiranda2265@gmail.com, to request the link or assistance connecting. We will return to in person/online meetings as soon as it becomes safe to do so. You can find videos of past Club meetings at KootenaiCountyDemClub.com/Meeting Videos.

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