A Call for Increased Security at Three SC Abortion Clinics

Nikki Haley,  Dick Riley, Jim Hodges, Gilda Cobb Hunter, David Beasley
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signs a bill into law as former South Carolina governors and officials look on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. The law enables the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds more than 50 years after the rebel banner was raised to protest the civil rights movement. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

UPDATE: Gov. Haley’s office says the governor is already monitoring the clinics. Spokeswoman Chaney Adams says officials have told Haley there are no known threats to Planned Parenthood clinics in the Southeast.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A Democratic state representative is asking GOP Gov. Nikki Haley to increase security at the three clinics in South Carolina that provide abortions following last week’s deadly shootings at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado.

Rep. Mia McLeod of Columbia called on the governor Monday to coordinate with state and local law enforcement to monitor clinics in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville.

Robert Dear, a 57-year-old former South Carolina resident, is accused of opening fire at a clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing three people and injuring nine others.

McLeod says Haley needs to set politics aside and make the safety and wellbeing of patients and employees a top priority.

Haley’s office did not immediately respond.

Planned Parenthood operates one of three clinics in South Carolina that provide abortions. It’s in Columbia.

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