GOP Candidates: It's Wrong to Blame Pro-lifers for Planned Parenthood Shooting

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Nov 30, 2015 11:45 AM
GOP Candidates: It's Wrong to Blame Pro-lifers for Planned Parenthood Shooting

No one would argue that Friday’s shooting near the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood is anything other than a tragedy. Another mass shooting has resulted in the loss of innocent lives. The suspect, Richard Lewis Dear, killed three people and injured 11 others after a standoff with police. An additional tragedy, however, is the liberal media's notion that the pro-life movement is to blame for the carnage.

According to The Guardian’s Jessica Valenti, this incident demands that “the violent radical language and lies about abortion stop.” Believing she now has a justification for her pro-abortion agenda, she launched into a lecture about pro-lifers' role in the violence:

The attack in Colorado, which left three people dead and nine wounded, was shocking, but it was also the predictable result of a culture that demonizes abortion, uses fantastical and false rhetoric about Planned Parenthood and allows politicians and activists to make false representations about women’s reproductive health.

Media pundit Sally Kohn offered a predictably similar analysis:

Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, insists the attack on her clinic “was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion.” 

Even the Obama administration is blaming the shooting on anti-abortion rhetoric. Attorney General Loretta Lynch released a statement declaring the shooting a crime against women’s health care.

Republican presidential candidates are not letting liberals get away with their political agenda. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was one of the first conservative leaders to shame pro-abortion liberals for using this tragedy to demonize pro-lifers:

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, chafing at the suggestion that conservative criticisms of Planned Parenthood might have played a role in the attack at a Colorado clinic on Friday, lashed out on Sunday at the “vicious rhetoric on the left, blaming those who are pro-life.”

Authorities have yet to determine the shooter’s motive, he added.

Carly Fiorina, the only female GOP candidate, said liberals are using “typical left-wing tactics” in trying to use this tragedy to smear pro-lifers.  

Whatever his motive, Robert Dear does not represent the pro-life movement. Pro-lifers are dedicated to protecting and preserving life, not senselessly killing. We still don't have all the answers, but the media is quick to jump to conclusions to protect abortion clinics. 

The suspect will appear in court for the first time Monday.