Planned Parenthood Facility Shooting

By Jessica Moore

In Colorado, Robert Lewis Dear was accused of shooting and killing 3 people, as well as wounding 12, in a Planned Parenthood facility. During the court trial, he exclaimed, “I’m a warrior for the babies” and admitted to being the shooter. Dear is a self-proclaimed hero to the babies, who entered a Planned Parenthood building and shot at the police officers from inside. The police were eventually able to get into the building and corner Dear. At that point, he surrendered and was arrested.

When prosecutors questioned Dear on his actions, he made several anti-abortion and anti-government remarks. In court, Dear plead guilty to the shooting and interrupted his attorney and judge several times during the trial, claiming that he was “protecting the babies” and that the babies who were supposed to be born that day should be added to the list of victims. Dear is no stranger to law enforcement. He has been charged with being a domestic abuser, peeping tom and an animal abuser, all of which he was not found guilty for. 

The shooting has been labeled as an act of terrorism by both the pro and anti abortion movements. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the shooting a “crime against women receiving health care services.”  Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and anti abortion advocate, says  “what he did is domestic terrorism, and what he did is absolutely abominable — especially to us in the pro-life movement, because there’s nothing about any of us that would condone or in any way look the other way on something like this.”