Augusta, Ga.(WJBF) – The Augusta Planned Parenthood clinic started boosting its security over the summer. It’s been a challenging year for Planned Parenthood.
Undercover videos released, plans to cut government funding and last week’s deadly clinic shooting.
“It is blatantly clear that there is a war against women,” said Staci Fox, President, Planned Parenthood Southeast.
That’s the message from the President of Planned Parenthood Southeast. She wants to help ease safety concerns for patients, saying the group has several security measures in place at its Augusta clinic.
Fox said, “Everything from the mail that comes, that’s delivered to our health centers and offices every day to the people that walk in our doors to the phone calls that we take.”
On its Facebook page, stories of women who support the group. Also, this post showing love to those impacted by last week’s deadly clinic shooting in Colorado.
Investigators say the suspect, Robert Dear, was against abortion.
Georgia Congressman Rick Allen released this statement, “This attack is contradictory to those of us who believe in the sanctity of life at every stage.
This individual does not speak or act on behalf of the pro-life community.” Allen co-sponsored a bill to pull government funding from Planned Parenthood.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows 52% of Americans oppose cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood while 41% support the move. Fox says lawmakers need to stop playing politics with women’s health care.
“Health care is about a decision that a patient should make with a doctor in the privacy of an exam room.This is not something that should be played out on the floors of our capitols,” said Fox.
Fox says clinics are open for anyone who needs them and they do safety drills with staff.