Local Planned Parenthood comments on Colorado shooting


Local Planned Parenthood comments on Colorado shooting

4:27 p.m. PST November 27, 2015

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette issued the following statement Friday afternoon from President & CEO Stacy M. Cross on the developing active shooter situation at a Planned Parenthood health center in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

“Our top priority is the safety of our patients and staff. The situation in Colorado is tragic, and our hearts go out to everyone involved. Here in the Pacific Northwest and across the country, Planned Parenthood has strong security measures in place, works closely with law enforcement agencies and has a very strong safety record. Our health centers across Oregon and Southwest Washington are open and seeing patients this weekend under normal operating hours. For more on our services, hours and locations, go to PPCW.org.

“We don’t yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don’t yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack. We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country. We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust.”

npate@StatesmanJournal.com, (503) 399-6745, or follow on Twitter @Nataliempate

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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