Planned Parenthood Official: ‘Hateful Language’ Makes People Think ‘It’s OK to Target’ Us

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains President and CEO Vicki Cowart discussed Friday’s shooting that took the lives of three people in Colorado and said the “hateful language” surrounding Planned Parenthood makes some think “it’s OK to target Planned Parenthood.”

Cowart said, “We have experienced so much hateful language, hateful speech, such a negative environment has been created around the work that Planned Parenthood does, around the idea of safe and legal abortion and we have seen that across the country from all sort of speakers in the last few months. I can’t believe that this isn’t contributing to some folks mentally unwell or not, thinking it’s okay to target Planned Parenthood or to target abortion providers.”

When asked “Are you talking about members of congress, politicians?,” she answered, “I think politicians have been in that conversation, and I mean, you know that the air waves are full of anti-abortion language of anti-planned parenthood accusations. Much of which is false in nature and we at Planned Parenthood are first and foremost a health care provider, we provide life-saving services to all kinds of folks, men and women across our communities. The tirades against Planned Parenthood in the last few months have really been over the top.”

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