Abortion rights group sought DOJ's help before Colorado shooting

Abortion rights group sought DOJ's help before Colorado shooting
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Two days before last week's Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado, NARAL Pro-Choice America delivered a petition formally asking the Obama administration to label attacks against abortion providers “domestic terrorism.”

On Friday, the Colorado Springs clinic became the site of the most violent attack on an American abortion provider in at least six years when a shooter killed three people and injured nine others.

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For weeks beforehand, NARAL had been collecting signatures on a petition calling on the FBI to investigate recent threats and suspected arson targeting Planned Parenthood as acts of domestic terrorism. Using that technical term, according to NARAL, would bring more resources and prioritize the investigation.

The petition, published online Monday, was delivered to the Department of Justice two days before the shooting, according to Vox.

It's a coincidence that groups like NARAL say is evidence of more dangerous rhetoric against abortion providers in general.

Planned Parenthood has long been targeted by anti-abortion activists who have occasionally turned violent.

This year, the FBI reported that threats against the health provider have ticked up in the wake of an undercover video series that accused Planned Parenthood of profiting from selling fetal tissue and organs.

The shooting suspect reportedly told police “no more baby parts” during his arrest, which Planned Parenthood officials say indicates that the attacks were triggered by the videos.  

A leading Democrat, Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid warns Trump 'can be reelected' Homeland Security Republican accuses Navy of withholding UFO info Poll: 47 percent back limits on Senate filibuster MORE (Nev.), used the term “domestic terrorism” to describe the attack on Monday

“In the wake of this act of domestic terrorism, I commend Planned Parenthood for refusing to allow ‎threats and violence to stand in the way of its work to ensure women have access to care,” Reid said from the Senate floor. “And I hope everyone understands that I stand with Planned Parenthood.”