Planned Parenthood Official: ‘Hateful’ Speech Contributed to Shootings

“Hateful” speech by anti-abortion activists and politicians has contributed to Friday’s shootings at the Colorado Springs, Colo. Planned Parenthood clinic, according to organization’s local CEO.

“We’ve experienced so much hateful language… such a negative environment has been created around the work that Planned Parenthood does,” said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Rocky Mountains Planned Parenthood, on ABC News “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

“We’ve seen that across the country from all sorts of speakers in the last few months,” she added.

“I can’t believe that this isn’t contributing to some folks, mentally unwell or not, thinking that it’s ok to target Planned Parenthood or to target abortion providers.”