After a judge’s ruling, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho is set to received a payment from an anti-abortion group covering their legal fees and a fine that leveled against the group for its protest activities, The Seattle Times reports.
The Church at Planned Parenthood was ordered to pay $110,000 in civil damages on top of attorney’s fees totaling $850,000 to Planned Parenthood last month after a Spokane County judge ruled that the group interfered with patient care, which is illegal in the state.
“This is a critical victory for Planned Parenthood at a time of historical attacks on abortion access,” Paul Dillon, vice president of public affairs for the local Planned Parenthood chapter, said in a statement. “We are so thankful for the work of Legal Voice as well as the overwhelming support of the community. We are proud to provide a safe, welcoming environment for our employees and our patients, so they can get the high quality health care they need.”
One of the protesters, Pastor Ken Peters, claims the demonstrations were lawful and peaceful despite multiple court rulings tht they were unlawful.
“I would do it again,” Peters said. “It’s a badge of honor.”
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