Pro-choice advocates say that last week’s in-court outburst by Robert Lewis Dear Jr. is further proof that anti-choice rhetoric contributed to the November 27 killings at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood.
As the nation’s official agency charged with protecting public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mission is to conduct “critical science” and provide “health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats.” Except, apparently, when it comes to gun violence.
Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, whose controversial anti-choice comments have drawn national attention, said that “Planned Parenthood executives” have the “same demonic spirit of murder” as the man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs.
Robert Lewis Dear Jr. told attorneys and the court Wednesday that he was guilty in the siege of a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood that left three dead and nine injured.
Even with federal protections and the state-level policies that mirror them, we don’t have the law enforcement tools to end a culture of anti-choice violence.
Since the CMP videos came out this summer, numerous Planned Parenthood clinics have been vandalized or subjected to arson, starting with an attack on a health center in the Chicago suburb of Aurora on the morning of July 19.
Events held across the country and on social media called for an end to violent rhetoric surrounding abortion care.
Three days after the shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility, state Sen. Kevin Lundberg vowed to continue to demand that Colorado’s chief medical officer investigate whether Planned Parenthood has broken state laws related to fetal tissue research.
The victims of the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado this weekend had not even been buried yet, but that didn’t stop the Washington Post from publishing a load of tripe downplaying abortion violence and failing to connect it to anti-choicers’ continuous demonization of the organization.
In a motion filed Monday, attorneys for Robert Lewis Dear Jr., asked the court for a gag order limiting pre-trial media coverage of the case.