Megyn Kelly Takes the Media to Task for Blaming Planned Parenthood Shooting on Pro-Lifers

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 1, 2015   |   6:15PM   |   Washington, DC

Megyn Kelly has done it again. This time, the Fox News host is taking the media to task for making it look like the pro-life movement is to blame for the terrible shooting death of three people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood by a deranged shooter who has no ties to the pro-life community.

“While police have been careful not to provide information on a possible motive, that has little to stop some from suggesting this has everything to do with political rhetoric from the right,” Kelly said.

Here’s a transcript of her remarks and the video:

It started on Friday when a crazed gunman opened fire in Colorado Springs, killing a police officer, a mom, and an Iraq war veteran. While police have been careful not to provide information on a possible motive, that has little to stop some from suggesting this has everything to do with political rhetoric from the right as well as that series of anti-abortion videos released this year by a group known as the Center for Medical Progress. This is a theory that has yet to be confirmed.

It sparked a powerful piece in the National Review by conservative contributor Jim Geraghty, who specifically points to what he calls “the selective logic and occasional hypocrisy” by some on the left when it comes to violence in America. Case in point, while many argue that Colorado was bound to happen due to criticism of Planned Parenthood, do you remember how some of those same folks reacted to chance like this?

They argued that police describing police as pigs and calling them to be fried like bacon did nothing to fuel any of the attacks we saw on cops. When gunmen tried to shoot up Mohammad cartoon event, the one staged by Pamela Geller, Geraghty points out that many liberals suggested it was Geller’s fault, that she triggered the attack. Is anyone saying that here?

And at the same time, investigators contend we may never know what motivated a known, quote “home grown violent extremist” to kill four Marines and a sailor last July, but the man that shot Gabby Giffords and six others in 2011, while he clearly had used similar to right-wing extremists or so the theory goes. Geraghty goes on to point out that, when a young man was at the conservative Family Research Council, there was no national debate how people had demonized Tony Perkins and political opponents on the right, but when a young man who had a history of therapy went on a killing spree near U.C. Santa Barbara, some on the left were out there arguing that quote, “misogyny kills” and there’s little reason to talk about the gunman, apparently, who specifically targeted Christians on an Oregon campus this year?

And how about when a self avowed white supremacist committed mass murder at a church in journalists declared white people are to blame. Some of them did. Meanwhile, the African gay man who killed his white co-workers on live television was described as a grievance monger. It is enough to make your head spin and as Geraghty concludes, none of us can conclude what causes a crazy person to do crazy, evil things.



On Monday, alleged Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear appeared frazzled in his first court hearing following his arrest. Dear, 57-years-old and residing in Colorado and North Carolina, was arrested at the scene in connection with the violent shooting that claimed the lives of three people, including one police officer and injured 9 others, including multiple officers.

Dear reportedly mentioned “baby body parts” when arrested at the scene of the crime, but he  has no connections with the pro-life movement and those who know him best say he was never interested in the issue of abortion.

As LifeNews has reported, the picture neighbors are painting of Robert Lewis Dear, who allegedly shot over a dozen people outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on Friday, is one of a “rambling and incoherent” loner who never talked about abortion.

Dear appears to have no association with the pro-life movement and those who know him say he is an awkward man who never discussed religion or abortion. 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 loner or renegade who may have mental health issue and, at a minimum, is a bit “off.”

Since the shooting, a massive debate has ensued over any bearing it may have on the abortion debate.

Less than 24 hours after the shooting, the CEO of the abortion company, Cecile Richards, issued a fundraising email essentially blaming pro-life people for the shooting, saying the “feed domestic terrorism.”

Planned Parenthood officials have confirmed none of the people killed in the shooting or 9 victims who were injured were Planned Parenthood abortion clinic staff or patients and authorities have released no motive for the shooter as to whether or not he actually targeted Planned Parenthood. And, according to the Associated Press, all of the shooting took place outside of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, not in it.

As LifeNews reported, the police officer killed during Friday’s shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood is pro-life and a co-pastor at his local church. Garrett Swasey, 44, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer who was shot and killed while responding to the shooting and was described by his fellow church members and friends as a courageous man and loving father who drew strength and inspiration from his Christian faith.

Family members and friends identified the other two victims as 29-year-old Ke’Arre Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky, 35. Both accompanied friends to the Planned Parenthood on Friday.

Multiple pro-life groups quickly condemned the shooting while pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent a tweet exploiting the active shooting before the shooter was apprehended or a motive known to push for support for the abortion business and then went on to say pro-life people should “defend Planned Parenthood, not attack it.”

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains issued a statement responding to the shooting, saying it doesn’t know if Planned Parenthood was the target of the attack.

“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,” Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains President Vicki Cowart said in a statement.

Cowart was accused of pushing abortion at the memorial for the shooting victims and one woman walked out after she politicized the event.