While police were still involved in a shootout with man who invaded a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood office, a Republican lawmaker attacked the organization saying he would expect an apology if the shooter didn’t turn out to be an anti-abortion terrorist.
Appearing on CNN, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) took offense at a statement issued by CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, Vicki Cowart — who said that the clinic might have been targeted by an extremist — and stated that he would be expecting an apology if she was proved wrong.
Before police apprehended Robert Lewis Dear — who killed three and wounded nine at the women’s health clinic in Colorado — Cowart, released a statement saying, in part: “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. 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.”
Kinzinger found Cowart’s statement unsettling.
“When I heard that statement, I thought that was very premature. We may find out this person was targeting Planned Parenthood, “the conservative lawmaker said. “If we find out he was not targeting Planned Parenthood, I would fully expect an apology from the Planned Parenthood director for saying that.”
He then went on to attack Planned Parenthood over the discredited videos produced by an an anti-abortion group that claimed the health organization was “harvesting” fetal parts for profit.
“Regardless, if somebody is targeting Planned Parenthood, it’s not indicative of what folks that are opposed to what some of the practices Planned Parenthood commits,” Kinzinger said. “We saw these barbaric videos and that is something many of us have a legitimate concern about. That doesn’t mean we’re gonna take guns and walk into Planned Parenthood clinics.”
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