Planned Parenthood to open east Oregon clinic, rallies planned to protest Supreme Court decision

Anne Udall, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, said there’s been an “uptick in people interested in coming to work with Planned Parenthood because of the ruling.”

By: - June 24, 2022 3:51 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court decision has sparked protests acorss the county, including in Georgia where this one took place. (Ross Williams/Georgia Recorder)

Planned Parenthood is increasing staff at Oregon clinics, boosting telemedicine programs across the state and opening a clinic in Ontario in eastern Oregon, the organization announced Friday.

Anne Udall, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette in Portland, said the measures respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe V. Wade and nearly 50 years of a constitutionally guaranteed right to abortion. 

Across the state, people are expected to rally against the Supreme Court decision. Organizers announced demonstrations for Friday evening in Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, Grants Pass, Medford, Portland, Roseburg and Salem. On Saturday, demonstrations will take place in Florence and the following weekends in Corvallis and Ashland.

In a press conference Friday, Udall said Planned Parenthood is in the permitting process for the Ontario clinic, which is time consuming. It will be Oregon’s 12th Planned Parenthood clinic. 

“When we do have more details about definitive timelines, we will share details directly with the Ontario community and others who are interested,” Udall said.

Planned Parenthood is currently leasing the former Four Rivers Health Care center in Ontario, which served low income families, immigrants and refugees until the end of 2021. The building has been used as a medical office since at least 1977, according to Ontario city officials. 

Udall said that in the meantime, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bend “has been a center of attention for us,” as the city prepares for a continuing influx of people seeking abortions from nearby states where it is banned or burdensome to access. 

In neighboring Idaho, abortions will be illegal in about 60 days. Udall confirmed Planned Parenthood’s operation in Boise closed several weeks ago.

The nearest abortion providers for people in Idaho’s capital are now in Walla Walla, Washington, (250 miles from Boise), and Bend (319 miles Boise). Ontario is 56 miles from Boise.

 Planned Parenthood administers about half of of abortions in Oregon. About 70% those are medication abortions – the taking of a single pill at the clinic and a second pill taken at home one to two days later. 

Udall said the Bend clinic is fully staffed, and that “we are hiring additional patient navigators, which is a physician that works directly with our patients around their needs to access care. We are continuing to staff up our clinics, and are seeing an uptick in people interested in coming to work with Planned Parenthood because of the ruling.”

Lois Anderson, Oregon Right to Life executive director, said in response to the Supreme Court’s division that “This is a historic day, a day the pro-life movement has been working toward for over 50 years.”

Lisa Gardner, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon in Eugene, said the organization had “been planning for this day for a long time” and that the Supreme Court “in making this decision has created a health care crisis in our country.”

A draft of Friday’s decision was leaked earlier this year.

The Supreme Court decision is creating legal headaches for Planned Parenthood leaders. 

According to Udall, “The legal landscape is going to be mass confusion and there’s going to be a lot to learn. We’re going to see tremendous legal battles beginning to happen around this.” 

When it comes to assisting out-of-state patients who may face legal repercussions for seeking an abortion in their home state, Udall said, “This is a new world.”

“We’re paying very close attention to how the SCOTUS decision will impact any laws of individuals who may be traveling out of state into Oregon, and we plan to follow every single legal regulation and or law. We will comply.”

Rallies are planned in many parts of the state to protest the Supreme Court decision

Albany

Decision Day Action In Albany: We Won’t Go Back

5:00pm Friday, June 24

Linn County Courthouse steps. Ellsworth & 4th Ave Albany OR 97321

Corvallis

Decision Day Action In Corvallis : We Won’t Go Back

5:00 p.m. Friday, June 24

Benton County Courthouse: 120 NW 4th St., Corvallis

Portland

Bans Off Portland with Planned Parenthood Advocates Of Oregon

5:30 p.m. Friday, June 24

Salmon Street Springs: 1000 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland

Decision Day Action In Portland : We Won’t Go Back

11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25 

Colonel Summers Park: SE 20th Ave & SE Belmont, Portland 

Salem

Decision Day Action In Salem: We Won’t Go Back

5:30 p.m. Friday, June 24

Capitol Mall (across the street from the Capitol): 900 Court Street, Salem

Medford

6:00 p.m. Friday, June 24

Vogel Plaza: Downtown Medford 

Eugene

Bans Off Eugene With Planned Parenthood Advocates Of Oregon

5:30 p.m. Friday, June 24 

Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse: 405 E 8th Ave, Eugene

Grants Pass

Decision Day Action In Grants Pass: We Won’t Go Back

5 p.m. Friday, June 24

Josephine County Courthouse 500 NW 6th St., Grants Pass

Florence

Decision Day Action In Florence: We Won’t Go Back

1 p.m. Saturday, June 25 

4325 US-101, Florence

Roseburg

Decision Day Action In Roseburg: We Won’t Go Back

9:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25 

Fred Meyer. 929 NW Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg 

Ashland

Decision Day Action In Ashland: We Won’t Go Back

7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13

Ashland Plaza: 20 E. Main, Ashland

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Alex Baumhardt
Alex Baumhardt

Alex Baumhardt has been a national radio producer focusing on education for American Public Media since 2017. She has reported from the Arctic to the Antarctic for national and international media, and from Minnesota and Oregon for The Washington Post. She previously worked in Iceland and Qatar and was a Fulbright scholar in Spain where she earned a master's degree in digital media. She's been a kayaking guide in Alaska, farmed on four continents and worked the night shift at several bakeries to support her reporting along the way.

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