Republican Colorado state Rep. JoAnn Windholz on Monday blamed Planned Parenthood for a mass shooting at its Colorado Springs facility that left three people dead, calling the health care provider an “instigator” of violence in a Facebook post.
Robert Lewis Dear Jr., 57, allegedly killed a police officer and two civilians and injured nine others on Friday. Details about the suspect were still emerging, but it was reported that Dear believed anti-abortion extremists were doing “God’s work.” He also reportedly told police “no more baby parts” after his arrest, which could be a reference to heavily edited “sting” videos that alleged Planned Parenthood officials sold fetal tissue for profit.
Windholz railed against Planned Parenthood in a Facebook post signed with her initials.
“Violence is never the answer but we must start pointing out who is the real culprit,” she wrote. “The true instigator of this violence and all violence at any pph facility is pph themselves. Violence begets violence.”
“So, pph,” she continued, “YOU STOP THE VIOLENCE INSIDE YOUR WALLS.”
Windholz confirmed to The Associated Press that she wrote the post but declined further comment.
Read her full Facebook post: