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Pro-Life Group Tries To Stop Colorado Planned Parenthood Clinic From Reopening After Shooting

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that was shot up by alleged gunman Robert Dear on Nov. 27, 2015, is scheduled to partially reopen on Feb. 15.

The shooting took the lives of one police officer and two civilians, wounded several others, and damaged the clinic. Most of the building will still be under repair, but about one-third of the clinic will reopen, The Denver Post reports.

"We have opened it just as quickly as we possibly could, given the damage the building sustained," Vicki Cowart, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, told The Denver Post on Feb. 8. "There was a fair amount of time that passed before we got the building back under our control. It was a couple of weeks at least."

However, the pro-life group Personhood USA sent out an email to its supporters entitled, "Can we shut down Planned Parenthood?"

Jennifer Mason, director of communication for the group, wrote: "We unequivocally oppose all violence, including abortion-related violence, against born and unborn people alike. That is why we must legally close Planned Parenthood's making abortion illegal city by city across the U.S.

"It's no surprise that while we are launching our city-by-city campaign to make abortion illegal, starting in Colorado Springs, Planned Parenthood is re-opening a clinic there. Please pray about supporting this effort - with your help, we can get the legal paperwork filed and begin this all-out effort to end abortion in Colorado Springs today."

The group is working on a “personhood” initiative to put on the ballot in Colorado Springs so residents can vote to ban abortion in the city, RH Reality Check reports.

“We had actually planned to do it before the tragic shooting there,” Mason told RH Reality Check. "When Planned Parenthood announced that they were reopening, that confirmed for us that this was the right place to start. … The people who reached out to us in Colorado Springs don’t want any violence, including abortion, there."

Sources: RH Reality Check, Personhood USA, The Denver Post / Photo Credit: Billy Hathorn/Wikimedia

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