The College Democrats of Massachusetts Women’s Caucus strongly and unequivocally condemns the recent anti-abortion terror attack at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We are heartbroken at the loss of life and the continued efforts made by anti-abortion activists to intimidate, harass and endanger the lives of women, men and non-binary individuals seeking access to Planned Parenthood’s services.
Planned Parenthood provides affordable healthcare to millions of women and men each year. Its valuable services include cancer screenings, pregnancy tests, STI testing, and access to safe and legal abortions. Many women, especially those living in low-income urban communities, have extremely limited access to healthcare services. Often times, Planned Parenthood clinics are the only affordable healthcare providers in those respective communities. Because of this, many low-income women of color turn to Planned Parenthood as their sole healthcare provider each year. Moreover, anti-choice rhetoric and the clinic violence caused by it is inherently misogynistic and disproportionately affects poor, urban women of color.
We are deeply offended and outraged by several GOP politicians who claim that the Colorado Springs terror attack had nothing to do with the toxic, anti-choice environment they helped create. While the shooter was still inside the clinic, politicians who have vehemently opposed safe and legal access to abortion made appearances on television publicizing their campaign to defund Planned Parenthood. The shooter’s violent, anti-abortion beliefs did not exist in a vacuum. Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina’s incendiary, anti-choice rhetoric fosters public discourse in which the political motivations behind clinic violence are publically legitimated.
Violence perpetrated by anti-abortion activists is sadly not a new phenomenon in the United States. Since 1993, anti-abortion terror attacks have claimed the lives of at least 11 innocent Americans. In December of 1994, a 22 year-old anti-abortion terrorist shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic in Brookline, Massachusetts, killing one and injuring several others. Clinic violence doesn’t just happen in more conservative areas of the country—it happens here too.
The College Democrats of Massachusetts Women’s Caucus stands with Planned Parenthood, and you should too. Violence against women and the harmful rhetoric that perpetuates it has no place in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or in the United States as a whole. All of us at the College Democrats of Massachusetts Women’s Caucus implore the United States Department of Justice to investigate clinic violence as domestic terrorism. Politically motivated violence perpetrated by white men is still terrorism. #StandWithPP