Accused gunman asked for directions to Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood shooter asked for directions to Colorado Springs clinic before attack: report.

The gunman accused of attacking a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs asked for directions to the facility where he killed a police officer and two civilians, according to a report.WACO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A former Fort Hood soldier killed in last month’s Planned Parenthood shootings in Colorado will be remembered at services in Central Texas. While authorities have not publicly committed to Robert Lewis Dear’s motive in a deadly rampage, a police source told the Associated Press he asked at least one person at a nearby shopping center how to find the reproductive health clinic. The Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains moved the affiliate clinic at the center of the Nov. 27 attack to the Centennial Boulevard location in 2010.

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that the committee “serves only to continue the witch hunt against Planned Parenthood, its staff and its patients.” The Republican response has been to point out that the October resolution establishing the special committee referred generally to “abortion providers,” but not Planned Parenthood. Dear, who lived off-the-grid in several remote locations, had a history of acting upon his hatred toward Planned Parenthood by vandalizing abortion clinics in South Carolina, one of his ex-wives, Barbara Micheau claimed. The accused killer will appear in an El Paso County court Wednesday where Colorado prosecutors plan to charge Dear with other crimes in addition to murder. He served in Iraq and was later stationed in Colorado, where Stewart remained after leaving the Army. (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. Planned Parenthood has strongly denied claims from abortion rights opponents that it illegally profited from the donations, and the health care network has since ceased accepting reimbursement of costs at its two facilities that still supply fetal tissue to researchers.

Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has admitted that he had found no evidence of wrongdoing after his panel investigated Planned Parenthood’s use of federal funds. Still, there hasn’t been any indication from Republicans that the select committee, which has yet to announce any scheduled hearings, will investigate other abortion providers. Law enforcement officials have said that Robert Lewis Dear, the accused Colorado Springs gunman, declared, “No more baby parts,” when he was arrested, echoing language used by conservatives about the fetal donation videos. Anthony List, which backs anti-abortion Republican women, called it “the Select Panel investigating Planned Parenthood,” and conservative media outlets like LifeNews and Breitbart have referred to the committee as if the congressional resolution wasn’t intentionally vague. “This is also just one more step in their endless attacks on women’s right to choose, and I think they’re leaving the door open to whatever lets them keep the barrage up,” said Courtney Cochran, communications director for Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Ind.) told USA Today last week that her focus would be “trying to figure out if Planned Parenthood uses any federal dollars to defray the cost of providing abortions.” The more than $500 million that Planned Parenthood receives from the federal government annually comes under Medicaid and Title X, a federal family planning program that serves lower-income Americans. “I’m going to be taking the lead in … following the money trail,” Hartzler said. “So trying to determine if they are subsidizing their abortion side with funds that are coming in the door” from the federal government.

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