The attempt to pin the blame for the horrible shooting at Planned Parenthood abortion clinic — allegedly perpetrated by a deranged man with a long history of criminal activity and mental health issues — on the pro-life movement continues. Now a top Democrat senator says the shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, sounds like most pro-lifers.
Dear made outbursts in court during a recent appearance where he was formally charged, and he made some comments about Planned Parenthood killing babies and selling their part — a topic that has been in the news over the last several months as the abortion company has been caught potentially breaking the law to sell aborted baby parts.
Now, pro-abortion Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Thursday said Dear’s comments sound a lot like pro-life advocates who have been working to expose Planned Parenthood — a clear attempt to make it appear that legitimate efforts to hold the abortion company accountable are responsible for Dear’s reprehensible actions that resulted in killing three people and injuring nine others.
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Thursday said some of the statements made by the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter mirrored “outrageous and inciteful” comments made by “some of our officials” on social media.
“One of the things we heard from the shooter in Colorado Springs, he almost parroted some of the outrageous and inciteful comments that have been made on social media by some of our officials,” the New Hampshire senator said on WKBK Radio. “And that is not a good way to address the issues facing this country.”
“We need to have thoughtful dialogue,” she added. “We need to be respectful of other people’s opinions. We need to understand that we’re not all going to agree but hopefully we can agree to be respectful, and we can agree to debate issues peacefully without name calling without getting into personal attacks. I think that’s part of how we respond as well as looking at laws.”
Robert Dear, the alleged shooter of three people at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs said in court that he was guilty and called himself a “warrior for the babies.” Several media outlets also cited unnamed law enforcement officials to report Dear said “no more baby parts” when he was taken into custody.
Dear, 57-years-old and residing in the mountains of Colorado, 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 has a long criminal record and is described by those who know him best as someone with clear mental health issues.
During the hearing, Dear sat at the table with Dan King, a public defender who represented James Holmes in the Aurora theater shooting trial. Dear was dressed in a blue prison-issue jumpsuit and was seen rocking back and forth during the hearing as officials took care of business. He reportedly started straight ahead and said nothing until the outburst.
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.” And President Obama exploiting the shooting to demand pro-life people stop “demonizing” Planned Parenthood.
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.