Planned Parenthood is facing a new lawsuit from two woman who say lax security at its Colorado Springs abortion facility contributed to one woman’s injuries and another’s husband’s death.
The lawsuit involves two victims who were shot during a lone gunman’s attack at the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs in November. Reuters reports the widow of Ke’ Arere Steward, who was killed in the attack, and Samantha Wagner, who was shot and injured, filed the lawsuit, claiming the abortion clinic failed to provide adequate security to patients and their family members.
The lawsuit was filed Friday in Denver District Court, claiming the abortion facility is liable, negligent and involved in outrageous conduct, according to the report.
Here is more from the report:
Stewart is suing for the wrongful death of her husband, and Wagner, who sustained a shattered and severed humerus bone, is asking for monetary damages to cover her medical bills and “permanent physical impairment.”
A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman told Reuters that it would not comment on ongoing litigation.
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Robert Lewis Dear allegedly shot and killed three people and injured nine others in the shooting on Nov. 27 outside the Colorado Springs abortion facility. Planned Parenthood officials confirmed none of the people killed or injured were Planned Parenthood abortion clinic staff or patients. And, according to the Associated Press, the shooting took place outside of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, not in it.
As LifeNews reported, the police officer killed during the shooting was pro-life and a co-pastor at his local church. Garrett Swasey, 44, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer who was killed while responding to the shooting, 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’Arere Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky, 35. Both accompanied friends to the Planned Parenthood on the day of the shooting.
Dear was charged with first-degree murder and more than 170 other counts, according to the report. During a court outburst in December, Dear said he was guilty.
On May 11, a judge ruled Dear incompetent to stand trial, Life News reported. Dear told authorities that the FBI cut holes in his clothing, dropped feathers inside his home, and convinced his girlfriend to spy on him, according to testimony during a competency hearing in April, The Gazette reported. He also told police that President Barack Obama is the antichrist, and government agents planted fake information in radio broadcasts.
Two state psychologists who evaluated Dear said he is suffering from a delusional disorder and recommended that Judge Gilbert Martinez rule Dear mentally incompetent to stand trial and order medical treatment at a psychiatric hospital, according to The Gazette.
Abortion activists have tried to blame pro-lifers for inciting Dear to violence, but the evidence indicates otherwise. 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.”
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. He was described by those who know him best as someone with clear mental health issues.
Soon after the incident, 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 later was accused of pushing abortion at the memorial for the shooting victims and one woman walked out after Cowart politicized the event.