Planned Parenthood calls Colorado Springs attack “Domestic Terrorism”
And that’s exactly what it is. This most recent attack is part of a campaign of violence and intimidation against the patients and providers of abortion services. This intimidation is not the work of lone gunmen with mental health issues; rather, it extends to state governments, which have instituted laws aimed at closing Planned Parenthood and other women’s health clinics that provide abortion services, and to many of the presidential hopefuls in the current race for U.S. President.
Since 1993, according to a January 2015 report by the the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), eight abortion clinic workers – including four doctors, two clinic employees, a clinic escort, and a security guard – have been murdered in the United States. Yesterday’s terror attack in Colorado Springs, brings the death toll to 11. Seventeen attempted murders have also occurred since 1991. Anti-choice terrorists have directed more than 6,800 reported acts of violence against abortion providers since 1977, including bombings, arsons, death threats, bioterrorism threats, and assaults, as well as more than 188,000 reported acts of disruption, including bomb threats, hate mail, and harassing calls.
Healthcare providers should support women’s right to choose abortion. A woman’s right to an abortion — a legal procedure in the United States — is under attack. All those who support a woman’s right to control her own body need to speak out against this campaign of violence and intimidation.