backstory about Robert Lewis Dear, but when someone enters a Planned Parenthood clinic shooting, and barricades himself in, engaging in a gunfight that wounds four law enforcement officials, killing one, and also killing two other civilians, and wounding several others besides, it's kind of hard not to consider this to be an act of domestic terror. The FBI has had warnings that Planned Parenthood clinics might be facing violence. There have been actual recent episodes of vandalism and arson at PP clinics.
It's sickening that a health care provider servicing largely poorer individuals is being singled out for attacks based on a stupid hoax. It's downright appalling that the hoaxers encouraged terror against Planned Parenthood and their clientele, with an able assist from many high profile politicians, including GOP presidential candidates. I know Ted Cruz is proud of his endorsement from Operation Rescue's Troy Newman, who no doubt thinks this is a great thing. (Let's see if this link endures, shall we? Otherwise, the Troy Newman endorsement is right here.)
So basically, enough of the GOP "family values" stalwarts pitched in to demonize the lawful surgical practice of abortion engaged in by some Planned Parenthood locations, which also participated in a program where fetal tissue donation occurred, which is not terribly different from organ donation (Do you have a donor card? Thank you. I appreciate your willingness to be harvested for your body parts.) to make some people boiling mad about the itty bitty baby body parts and whether someone was profiting from them.
Gosh. It might be true that we all benefit from vaccines and other technologies that have been developed by these means. But then again, that's just the heathen "science" talk. But there's a serious flaw in the antichoice argument--that the pregnant person's life and choices matter regardless of their opinion that the existence of a fetus overrides them. And this has been legally upheld just recently. And what we should also learn from recent history is that laws against abortion don't stop abortion. They just make them illegal and less safe.
Basically, I don't know all the details, and maybe this was a random lone nutter who didn't know where he was--but I think the odds of that are vanishingly small. I think this was a deliberate act.
As for me, my thoughts are with the victims of this terror attack and their families, and regardless, I stand with Planned Parenthood.