Planned Parenthood shooting suspect Robert Dear to be formally charged

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Colo. shooting suspect asked for directions to clinic.

DENVER — 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. 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. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has done a disservice to the women of Pennsylvania by voting against a common-sense measure to defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood. 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.

Undercover videos clearly show high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials callously discussing the harvesting and potential sale of the body parts of unborn babies. Women’s health needs can be better addressed by organizations that revere and protect innocent human life rather than those who exploit it for financial gain. 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. 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.

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.

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