The Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooter is Not Pro-Life and Pro-Life People are Not Extremists

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 30, 2015   |   12:36PM   |   Washington, DC

Planned Parenthood has been pointing fingers and calling names ever since the tragic shooting incident at its Colorado Springs facility on Friday.

The alleged shooter Robert Dear shot twelve people on Friday when he holed himself up inside the abortion facility. Three of those people, including a police officer, were killed.

This tragic, unnecessary loss of life has been keenly felt in the pro-life movement. Ours is a movement dedicated to valuing and defending life at all stages – from the moment of conception to natural death. Numerous pro-life organizations have condemned the violence and expressed sympathy for the victims and their families.

But Planned Parenthood is playing the victim card and using this horrible situation to politicize itself and to bash pro-lifers. Vicki Cowart, president of the abortion business’s Rocky Mountains affiliate, issued an inflammatory statement Friday that covertly blamed pro-lifers for inciting the violence.

Cowart said, “We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country.”

It’s a blatantly false accusation. Jason and David Benham, brothers and pro-life advocates, called out the accusation in a column for World News Daily.

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“Walking into a Planned Parenthood facility and shooting people is not pro-life – it’s pro-death,” the brothers wrote. They called out the abortion business for saying it’s “extreme” to “believe that dismembering innocent children and selling their body parts is morally wrong.”

Planned Parenthood is willfully misrepresenting a very unclear situation for its own political purposes. What we do know is that the alleged shooter Robert Dear was a mentally ill man who has had previous run-ins with the law. People who know him described him as a rambling loner who never talked about abortion or religion, LifeNews reported. The profile they paint is far from a caricature of a pro-life activist who has an issue with the Planned Parenthood abortion business and more of a renegade who may have mental health issue and, at a minimum, is a bit “off.”

Dear did not target Planned Parenthood employees in his shooting rampage either, which seems to indicate that his actions were not abortion-related. Planned Parenthood itself confirmed none of the people killed or injured in the shooting were Planned Parenthood abortion clinic staff or patients.

Authorities have released no motive for the shooter as to whether he actually targeted Planned Parenthood. Though Dear’s motives remain unclear, he was certainly not pro-life. He was simply a madman with a gun – who could have just as easily targeted another public area.

But that doesn’t matter to Planned Parenthood, which is desperate to demonize pro-lifers to make itself look better.

We can’t let that happen, the Benham brothers wrote. They encouraged pro-lifers to speak out strongly against the tragic shooting and the killing of all innocent human life.

“Now is not the time to be silent – first for the victims and their families in Colorado and also for the millions of defenseless babies that are murdered year after year. It’s time to be voice, strong and true!”

Because if we don’t, the Benhams warned, “then being pro-life in America will become illegal. Why? Because it’s considered ‘extreme.’”

“We understood that taking the life of anyone – including that of an abortionist – was morally wrong and biblically reprehensible. Rather, we were to give up our lives for others, including those dismembering babies,” they wrote.

We at LifeNews agree. The very heart of our cause is protecting and defending human life. So, please join us as we mourning the lives of those lost in Colorado Springs on Friday, and help the pro-life movement work to end the horrific killing of human life at all stages.