AP NewsBreak: Shooting Suspect Asked Direction to Clinic

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AP NewsBreak: Shooting suspect asked direction to clinic.

DENVER (AP) — The man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado asked at least one person in a nearby shopping center for directions to the facility before opening fire, a law enforcement official said, offering the clearest suggestion yet that he was targeting the reproductive health organization. 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.

In its 2013 fiscal year, only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s funds were spent on abortions; 42 percent was spent on treating sexually transmitted disease and infections, with 34 percent being spent on contraceptives. Prosecutors this week plan to charge Robert Lewis Dear, 57, with murder and other crimes in the Nov. 27 attack that also left nine other people wounded. It’s an emotionally fraught issue that pits two admirable and worthwhile causes—the equality of women and the protection of unborn children—against each other, with no easy answers but very high stakes. But that was the case when our reporter reached out to biologists in the United States this autumn to ask about the value and applications of their research with human fetal tissue.

Colorado Springs police have refused to discuss a motive for the fusillade, but there’s mounting evidence to suggest Dear was deeply concerned about abortion, having rambled to authorities about “no more baby parts” after his arrest. In the wake of the horrific Nov. 27 shooting at a Colorado Springs, Colorado, Planned Parenthood that killed three people and wounded nine, a dialogue that was already toxic has gotten even worse. I can’t think of anything else to say that hasn’t already been said about how horrible and sad and awful and bleak and unfathomable all of those things are. If Planned Parenthood is defunded, are you prepared to appropriate more funds for the additional Medicaid expenses that will be incurred because of the additional babies born in poverty? It was unclear whether Dear purchased all of them, but despite brushes with the law, he had no felony convictions that would have prevented him from buying a firearm.

Abortion-rights proponents have seized the high ground afforded to them by the shooting to accuse pro-lifers of inciting alleged Colorado Springs shooter Robert Dear with violent rhetoric. The videos insinuated that the non-profit health-care provider was breaking the law by supplying the fetal tissue to biological-products companies for financial gain. One of his three ex-wives, Barbara Mescher Micheau of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, said he had vandalized a South Carolina abortion clinic at least 20 years earlier, announcing to her that he had put glue in the locks of its doors, a common protest technique among activists trying to shut down abortion clinics. 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.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers on Monday would not discuss Dear’s motive or details of the investigation, but he praised responding officers, who he said rescued 24 people from inside the clinic building and helped remove 300 people from the surrounding businesses where they had been hiding while the shooting unfolded. “They went in at their own peril, but that contributed to basically 24 people getting out of that building safely,” Suthers said of the officers. Conservative writer Ramesh Ponnuru argues that it’s less the pro-life rhetoric that bothers pro-choicers than the worldview—“that abortion is the unjust killing of living human beings”—and he makes a good case. Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, a US senator from Florida, charged, with utterly no evidence, that the collection of fetal tissue has “created an incentive for people to be pushed into abortions so that those tissues can be harvested and sold for a profit”. Even President Obama, in a statement supporting Planned Parenthood, says it is “fair to have a legitimate, honest debate about abortion.” Finding common ground is necessary, and I would like to believe it’s possible.

Don’t get up and try to engage with them, don’t depress yourself further, don’t go down a sadhole if you want kids but don’t have them, or if your own relationship with your kids/parents isn’t perfect. No one wants children growing up unloved or in poverty, though each side sees different ways to alleviate that, with liberals emphasizing a government safety net and conservatives touting adoptions and private charities.

Call and explain that you’d like to pay for flowers to be sent to, say, the staff of the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs (3480 Centennial Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80907), or to Hope Church (5740 Academy Blvd N, Colorado Springs, CO 80918), where slain police officer Garrett Swasey and his family were members. These are safe topics that can be used to renew the conversation. (“Renew” because there have been plenty of attempts in the past.) But it will require patience, listening, and sincere attempts at understanding. As Emily Bazelon noted in the New York Times Magazine on Nov. 30, “Opposition to abortion is an issue with cognizable moral claims on both sides.” I have long grappled with my own feelings about abortion. Acknowledging the humanity of the unborn and believing that a child has the right to be born brings with it the extremely high cost of asking a woman to carry a pregnancy to term and give birth to that child, regardless of whether his or her conception was unintentional or unwanted.

The statement outlined the medical advances that have been made possible by fetal tissue, and described the value of its current applications in areas such as developmental biology and research on infectious diseases. The authors wrote of their “grave concerns” about the numerous legislative proposals now in play in the US Congress and in a dozen states — proposals that would restrict or prohibit fetal tissue research. There are several Dunkin’ Donuts within the general area of Sullivan House High School, the alternative school in Chicago’s South Side where Laquan MacDonald was enrolled. In the end, because I cannot find a way to justify the idea that a 24-week-old fetus is more deserving of life than a 10-week-old fetus, or that a wanted child is more worthy of life than one who was unplanned, I come down on the side of the child.

They warned eloquently that the proposed laws “would limit new research on vaccines not yet developed, for treatments not yet discovered, for causes of diseases not yet understood”. But nobody benefits when they target by proxy an activity that is tangential to the act that they abhor and that is doing a great deal to advance our understanding of health and disease.

You can just look at the puppies and kittens playing for awhile, or feel what it’s like to hold a tiny, furry, purring creature in your arms for a bit. 8. Arguing that abortion shouldn’t be discouraged suggests that it is a trivial decision, which is callous and can bring pain to those who were the products of unplanned pregnancies. At the same time, conservatives who refuse to acknowledge that women who have access to reliable and affordable health care and contraceptives are going to have fewer unwanted pregnancies—and fewer abortions—are contributing to the same problem, but in a different way.

The videos released this summer by the Center for Medical Progress might not have proved that Planned Parenthood did anything illegal, but they did help both sides reinforce their pre-existing beliefs. Leave them in the ladies’ room of your workplace for anyone to take. (If you’re a dude and this weirds you out, talk to this fifteen-year-old kid about it). 11. Think about the people that you frequently interact with in your daily life but know very little about: the barista who works at your coffee shop, the janitor in your building, your mailperson. Write down, “You are Important,” or “Breathe.” Carry them with you as you go about your day, leaving them in waiting room magazines, on car windshields, in elevators, in bathroom stalls.

Accept that there are tons of incredibly easy ways to make the world a slightly less terrible place for everyone, and that you may not do very many of them, and that while it’s not ideal, it doesn’t make you a terrible person.

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