Planned Parenthod Reopens Palouse Facility in Shadow of Arson 

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Following what they described as a "tough six months" since the September 2015 arson that destroyed a Planned Parenthood building serving the Moscow/Pullman region, officials with Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho reopened a similar facility Feb 5.

The FBI was called in to investigate the arson but, to date, no suspect or suspects have been identified. Law enforcement have since said security cameras caught an arsonist tossing a firebomb at the building, but no one has been charged with the attack.

"It felt personal," area resident Jennifer Murray told KREM-TV. "I knew that it wasn't, but it definitely felt as though somebody knew that I needed this [facility] and they decided to take it away right then."

Planned Parenthood officials said their nonprofit's insurance policy wasn't able to cover the full cost to rebuild and renovate the Pullman, Wash., facility and they needed to raise $250,000 in donations to help cover the cost.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the Pullman facility has been critical to serving the young adult populations at Washington State University and the University of Idaho.

Meanwhile, at the Idaho Statehouse, Planned Parenthood officials are keeping a close eye on possible legislation they say could seriously restrict health services to thousands of clients throughout the region.

"I expect at least one bill [in this year's legislative session] limiting abortion access and another bill prohibiting the donation of fetal tissue—the latter a direct response to the discredited videos for which these individuals have been indicted," Hannah Brass Greer, Idaho legislative director and public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest told Boise Weekly. "We remain vigilant and ready to fight any proposal that seeks to limit access to reproductive health care, including attacks on access to abortion or against Planned Parenthood as a provider of high-quality reproductive health care to thousands in Idaho."
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