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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.

2 Comments

  1. Christina Dunham

    I would like to know if there have been plans made to demonstrate to restore women’s rights and is there an ongoing plan to assist women in need of transportation to Washing ton planned parenthood? If so how can I help? Also, If women’s issues will play a larger role in November election, How can we get the word out about where the candidates (including local) stand on these issues?

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    • Paula

      Hi, Christina, Watch our events page on the kootenaidemocrats.org website for any demonstration that we hear of. there are some younger women who have organized marches and demonstrations. Watch the liberal ladies group on facebook; I think that might be a good place for news, too.
      I will forward your contact info to someone I know. Laura Tenneson, who might be an organizer of such an event. Our candidate page has links to our candidates; their social media pages should have info or if not, contact them with your questions: Teresa Borrenpohl, Megan Dardis-Kunz, and Larry Beiber, locally, as well as statewide candidates, like Terri Pickens-Manweiller for lieutenant governor. I just sent you several bits of info.
      Paula Neils, KCDCC

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