PASCO, Wash. - The Pasco City Council votes to allow a permit for a new community health center. The hot issue was whether or not Planned Parenthood would be granted a permit to build their new facility in Pasco. The planning commission already said no to the site's permit, but the non-profit appealed the decision in September.
Supporters and opposers all gathered as the city council discussed the item. In a vote of 5-2 the commission voted to approve the building permit for the facility. The majority say the health center meets all legal land use requirements.
"Franklin county is growing dramatically and Pasco has high teen pregnancy rates and has high STI rates. So yeah, this is a clinic we've wanted to open for a long time because of what's going on in Pasco," said Karl Eastlund of Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood says the health center will be on the front lines of education, testing and treatment for the people of Pasco. The new clinic will be built on Court street, near Mark Twain Elementary.