UPDATE: Planned Parenthood shooter captured; three killed in shooting

The scene outside the clinic today
The scene outside the clinic today

UPDATE: The shooter has been captured.


UPDATE 2: Three people were killed in the shooting, officials say, one police officer and two civilians

A reminder that some people take the war on women quite literally. As USA Today reports:

A man wearing hunting gear and armed with an assault-style weapon was barricaded inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday after a shooting spree that left four officers and at least five civilians injured, police and hospital officials said.

In a dramatic operation, with the gunman still on the loose, officers crept into the building and rescued six or seven civilians cowering in a bathroom.

As I write this, the shooter remains barricaded inside the clinic. So far, according to CNN, nine people have been taken to local hospitals with injuries.

Ongoing coverage here.

Shootings like this are the inevitable result of the propaganda campaign that is being waged against Planned Parenthood. Indeed, as the Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett noted in a recent piece, abortion rights advocates are reporting

an alarming spike in death threats and violent acts against abortion providers, clinics and companies that work with them since the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood were released. Two Planned Parenthood clinics have reported arsons, anti-abortion protesters are showing up in large numbers at doctors’ homes, and commenters on conservative websites and online forums are calling for the bombings of abortion clinics across the country, according to Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation. Saporta is so alarmed by the escalation of threats against providers that she asked the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations to intervene. 

“In my 20 years at NAF, I have never seen such a volume, intensity and escalation of hate speech, threats and criminal activity, and we would like to prevent a serious violent act from occurring,” she told The Huffington Post in an interview. “We have enlisted law enforcement’s help.” 

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6 years ago

Thanks, David, that would super cool! 🙂

6 years ago

The thing that gets me the most with the hand waving around mental illness is that mental illness is treated as some monolithic block, as in “oh, he’s mentally ill “. As if, for example, severe untreated depression and severe untreated paranoid schizophrenia are exactly the same thing .

I asked my dad when the attacks on hospitals will start, since many, many abortions are done in hospitals in the US. He looked at me confused and started complaining about PPs that don’t provide mammograms, or something, which is apparently actually a Faux News talking point, or something. I made sure to point out that PP, but not hospitals, are being singled out is because PP primarily serves women.

Same with the attacks on WIC. WIC is only open to adult women who just gave birth, are pregnant, or breastfeeding, but woe onto the men whom can’t give birth, and therefore don’t get a few bags of beans, juice, and milk a month. So unfair- the men need that. It’s not like pregnant women need a nutritional boost to produce healthy children foe the state.