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GOP lawmaker sees ‘common denominator’ in shooter, abortion

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Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), a leading House abortion opponent, says last week’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic should “only increase” efforts to defund the organization.

Franks said that the shooting at a clinic in Colorado on Friday is a reminder that both the shooter and Planned Parenthood disrespect human life.

“What this person did was evil, and it should remind us all of the common denominator that Planned Parenthood has with individuals like this who have no respect for innocent human life,” Franks told The Hill.

{mosads}“It should only increase our commitment to defund organizations … that further this non-ethic of disregarding the sanctity of human life,” he added.

The shooting, which killed three people, has led Planned Parenthood to blame Republicans for contributing to the tragedy with their rhetoric against the group.

“It is offensive and outrageous that some politicians are now claiming this tragedy has nothing to do with the toxic environment they helped create,” Planned Parenthood Vice President Dawn Laguens said in a statement on Sunday.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) defended Republicans on Monday, saying the alleged shooter, Robert Dear Jr., is simply “a very evil, crazy guy.”

“If you want to talk rhetoric, I see rhetoric [on] all different issues,” he said.

McCarthy said, however, that defunding Planned Parenthood through the government spending bill has faded as an issue as terrorism rises as a topic.

“I do not hear people shutting the government down over it right now,” McCarthy said. “I think security is becoming the top issue I’m hearing, especially in the last two weeks.”

Franks defended Republicans against Planned Parenthood’s charges about rhetoric.

“To suggest those of us who are trying to protect innocent human life are the ones that motivated someone to take innocent human life is ridiculous,” he said.

He also condemned the shooter.

“It is unclear to me all the motivations at this point, but one who ever claims to believe in the protection of innocent life should never be guilty then of taking innocent life,” Franks said. “It’s antithetical to being pro-life.”

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