Progressives, Pro-Choice Activists Demand Accountability For Planned Parenthood Terror Attack

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POLS UPDATE: Apropos, Democratic CD-6 candidate Morgan Carroll calls out the Douglas County GOP for a shocking Tweet today, and asks GOP opponent Rep. Mike Coffman to stand up to them in the name of decency:

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“It’s deeply disturbing and dangerous for the Douglas County Republican Party to compare Planned Parenthood to a domestic terrorist that killed a mother, Iraq War veteran, and police officer,” said State Senator Morgan Carroll.“As the 6th District’s representative, Congressman Coffman needs to step up and denounce this dangerous rhetoric immediately.”

Congressman Coffman has been an outspoken opponent of a woman’s right to choose, and yet he tries to run away from his own rhetoric when it comes time to run for reelection. He said he was pro-life with no exceptions and supported the Personhood Amendment, which defines would define “person” as any human being from the moment of conception. This year he has voted to defund Planned Parenthood six times.

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In the aftermath of last week’s domestic terrorist attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, joined with NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and concerned citizens to demand that right-wing politicians in Colorado at every level apologize for their false claims about Planned Parenthood–claims that have resulted in numerous acts of violence against women’s healthcare providers, including Friday’s mass shooting in our state.

“Across the nation and now here in Colorado, the latest smear campaign against Planned Parenthood has directly contributed to violence,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “For months, right-wing anti-choice politicians have leveled extreme and totally unfounded allegations that the organization ‘sells baby body parts.’ News reports indicate these are the same words the alleged killer used last weekend to justify his murderous rampage. The clear link between the false attacks on Planned Parenthood and violence against their facilities in recent months can no longer be ignored.”

“Let’s be clear, when you use fighting words, and you break laws to prove your point, your words and actions appear to condone violence and hate,” said Karen Middleton of NARAL Pro Choice Colorado. “The so-called ‘Center for Medical Progress’ led a three-year campaign, using false information and deceptive editing to gain access and justify their views. The elected leaders holding hearings attacking the largest provider of women’s health care don’t get to say ‘I did not mean it’ when a deranged individual takes action in response to those words.”

Here in Colorado, right-wing politicians have joined in the false attacks on Planned Parenthood, using incendiary rhetoric that could motivate unstable persons to commit violent acts. Sen. Tim Neville, a candidate for the United States Senate, actually claimed that “some of the most disgusting videos of Planned Parenthood murdering, cutting to pieces and selling unborn baby parts were filmed right here in Denver, Colorado.” Jennifer Mason of Personhood USA said in response to the shooting that “the media is failing to report that innocent babies are killed in that very building every day that they are in business.” Nate Marshall, a former Republican legislative candidate, unequivocally praised the shootings, saying “this guy is a hero. Children are not being slaughtered and butchered for profit by left wing scum today.”

“Colorado politicians at every level from Rep. Mike Coffman, who has repeatedly used Planned Parenthood as a political football, to state legislators who held a sham ‘hearing’ to attack Planned Parenthood last month, have contributed to the toxic environment that resulted in Friday’s tragic mass shooting in Colorado Springs,” said Runyon-Harms. “The attacks on Planned Parenthood have been discredited, but that hasn’t stopped politicians from lying about the organization. And now, three people are dead.”

“It must stop, and stop now,” said Runyon-Harms. “We call on right-wing politicians across the state and nation to stop their false attacks on Planned Parenthood, and apologize for lies that are directly contributing to politically-motivated violence in America today. You either stand with women, or you’re standing in the way.”

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Half Glass Full says:

    Meanwhile, our miserable excuse of a news radio station at 850 AM had its hosts talking this morning about how Planned Parenthood "allegedly sold fetal tissue," thus suggesting that there's at least some credence to these wholly discredited claims. 

    You might as well state that the world is "allegedly flat," because some idiot – no doubt a Republican – believes that as well.

    • BlueCat says:

      And it's true of the entire gamut of man stream media. While they do say the videos were edited they just make it sound as if they were tweaked to make things look a bit worse. They don't make clear that they were edited to lead a viewer to believe comletely fabricated fictions. That they were edited so that the answer to a question, as presented in the video, was actually to an entirely different question that does not appear in the video.  It's as if you ask me if I'm a Democrat. I say yes. You create a video where you ask me if I committed a murder and plug in my answer “yes”…Then you use that video to "prove” I committed a murder. Not just tweaking.

      Other;videos are presented as showing a PP clinic but were taken somewhere else. In one video what  was presented as an aborted fetus at a PP clinic was actually a miscarried fetus and nowhere near a PP clinic. The woman was not having an abortion but suffering a miscarriage.

      These were not just edited for spin. They were wholesale fabrications and you'd never know that from the main stream media.

  2. Moderatus says:

    So much for free speech. What a disgrace to our great state.

    • BlueCat says:

      You again? You're a disgrace to sentient beings everywhere. Nobody’s free speech is being violated. that would be the case if the government was sending people to prison for saying these things. But free speech has never meant free without consequence. And those expressing their criticism of someone else’s speech have every right to do so. You clearly have no clue what freedom of speech means or how it works.

    • Republican 36 says:

      Free speech isn't the issue. There's not one word in this thread about limiting anyone's free speech. The issue is irresponsible speech which incites acts of violence. That kind of speech is certainly covered and protected by the First Amendment but you are falsely equating freedom with morality. They aren't the same.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      "Free [hate] speech" …

      "Free to bear [military assault] weapons" …

      … feel free to fuck [off], pisshead!

      • BlueCat says:

        So sad your good friend modster is such a  waste of space and never gets "disgusted" enough with us for things we don't say or do to go away and stay away for good. I mean I know he's your good friend and all but I bet you'd get over it after a good cry. crying

    • marklane1351 says:

      When people speak publicly they need to recognize stable and unstable people are listening and be aware that what they say can be a motivation for violence. Take responsibility for the consequences of your words and actions.

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Regarding that unforgivable tweet from the DougCoGOP — how much longer will it be before you all start defending Dear's atrocities as protected "freedom of religion"????

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