Note to cranky Republicans and pantywaist Democrats, there wasn’t a Syrian refugee in sight.
“We don’t yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don’t yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack,” Vicki Cowart, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said in a written statement. “We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country. We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust.” [The Washington Post]
On CNN, Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger decided it was a good moment to demand an apology from Planned Parenthood if it turned out they were not the target of the latest white man with a gun to go berserk. Typical insanity from the anti-women flank of the crazy congressional right. Kinsinger’s target was Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains.
“When I heard that statement, I thought that was very premature. We may find out this person was targeting Planned Parenthood. If we find out he was not targeting Planned Parenthood, I would fully expect an apology from the Planned Parenthood director for saying that.”
If you think the escalation in rhetoric has led to a rise in threats you’d be correct. From Mother Jones
“Since the series of highly-edited, misleading anti-abortion videos was released in July, we have seen an unprecedented increase in hate speech and threats against abortion providers” says Vicki Saporta, the president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, which has been tracking violence against providers since the 1970s.
“We have been quite worried that this increase in threats would lead to a violent attack like we saw” on Friday, she added.
The Federation is suing Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress for allegedly setting up a sham biomedical organization and misrepresenting their identities in order to gain access to and record a federation meeting.