Local Planned Parenthood comments on Colorado shooting

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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

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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit www.about.me/natalie_pate, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at www.StatesmanJournal.com.

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