Three were killed, including one police officer, in a shooting today near a Planned Parenthood clinic in an apparent 5 hour standoff with police. The suspect’s name is Robert Lewis Dear.
For abortion foes, Colorado Springs, an evangelical stronghold in Colorado, has a history. In 1990 18 Operation Rescue anti-abortion protesters were arrested for blocking a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. They faced up to $ 500 in fines, 90 days in jail. In 1993 Planned Parenthood won a court victory against protestors in Colorado Springs who were peacefully protesting in front Planned Parenthood clinics.
Planned Parenthood of Colorado Springs is a rather degenerate place even if you are pro-choice as but one example demonstrates.
Here‘s an article from the Daily Mail in February 2013:
A 40-year-old Colorado woman is suing Planned Parenthood, claiming she received an abortion against her will and then suffered medical injuries when the doctor failed to fully remove the fetus from her uterus in the botched procedure.
Ayanna Byer said she only wanted the abortion procedure if she could receive anesthesia. When that was not available, the staff at the Colorado Springs clinic proceeded anyway despite her tears and protestations, according to the lawsuit filed in El Paso County on February 6.
The woman experienced pain and heavy bleeding after her abortion in October and later had to undergo emergency surgery for an infection she developed.
She is suing the abortion clinic and the doctor who oversaw her procedure.
Ayanna Byer claims she scheduled an appointment at the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in October 2012, according to the lawsuit.
She was 8-weeks pregnant at the time and wanted to receive Mifepristone, an abortion pill, to end her pregnancy.
But when the woman arrived for her appointment, the workers at the clinic determined that she was too far along in her pregnancy and not eligible for the abortifacient.
Though we don’t yet know the identity of the shooter or what his motivations may have been the incident is already being used to justify demonizing pro-lifers and Second Amendment supporters. It’s also been used by the usual activists to push their narrow agendas.
The #PlannedParenthood shooter is peacefully detained after shooting 5 officers.
We've been killed for far less. pic.twitter.com/kGoaKZc55o
— deray mckesson (@deray) November 28, 2015
We don’t know yet why there was a shooting there but assuming it was related to Planned Parenthood, I can’t say that I’m surprised. These are violent places where life — that of the mother and the child– is treated as an afterthought. Even if you are pro-choice or pro-abortion it should bother you that the abortionists don’t follow proper health and sanitary law in their push for increased profits.
Planned Parenthood with its allies in the press has been working to criminalize free speech efforts and journalism against its depraved practices. They are, in essence, calling to jail those of us who disagree with their radical views. Sometimes that means bullying journalists like us at GotNews.com for daring to publish videos that show abortionists gleefully breaking the law.
If elected officials are unwilling to actually push laws and judges and law enforcement unwilling to enforce them, violence, unfortunately, seems the logical consequence.
Under our federalist system the proper place for these debates to be had are in the state legislatures, not the courts. There’s no reason for California to have the same abortion law as North Dakota or Wyoming or Colorado but that’s not what the abortionists want. Roe v. Wade, like Dredd Scott v. Sanford, may have simply set up a violent confrontation. In much the same way as pro-slavery forces criminalized free speech in the 1830s by trying to shut down abolitionist newspapers, so, too, do pro-choice forces restrict free speech rights of religious and secular people who find abortion ghastly.
I am 100% pro-life — I would never condone killing anyone for any political reason — but those of us who are pro-free speech have to recognize that when legitimate means of expressing political views are discouraging violent ones become more likely.
In 2012 a jury in Colorado Springs fined a 50-year-old man for peacefully protesting outside a Planned Parenthood clinic. He faced up to 90 days in jail for daring to pray for women going into a Planned Parenthood clinic–the very same clinic where the shooting took place today. The Supreme Court ruled in 2014 unanimously that such “buffer zone” laws that restrict where people may protest in front of Planned Parenthood clinics are unconstitutional and yet many states continue to criminalize free speech when it comes to arguing against abortion.
If we had had more speech, more journalism, we might have fewer bullets.