Lawmaker: PPH 'instigated' Springs shootings

Posted at 12:17 AM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 02:17:33-05

A state lawmaker is facing criticism from both sides of aisle concerning Planned Parenthood.  The remarks by JoAnn Windholz, (R) Commerce City, come less than a week after the shooting at the organization’s clinic in Colorado Springs.

On her Facebook page, Windholz wrote: "The true instigator of this violence and all violence at any Planned Parenthood facility is Planned Parenthood themselves. Violence begets violence."

Her full statement reads:

Violence – Where it starts.
The freedoms we enjoy in the United States include those that were made up to fit the audience and unsubstantiated numerical support, specifically the right to an abortion. When a violent act happens at a Planned Parenthood (pph) facility (most recent in Colorado Springs) the left goes on “auto-pilot” blaming everyone insight when they should be looking in a mirror. Free Speech has brought to light the insidious selling of baby body parts (pph has no shame). These facts and overall mission of the abortion industry would easily send anyone over the hill who wasn’t rational.
The “war on women” is what pph began with Margaret Sanger and it has turned into a war on the family, especially children. It has changed children from a blessing to a commodity making it very hard to consider ourselves to be a civilized respectful rational society.
Violence is never the answer but we must start pointing out who is the real culprit. The true instigator of this violence and all violence at any pph facility, is pph themselves. Violence begets violence. So pph, YOU STOP THE VIOLENCE INSIDE YOUR WALLS. My question is, if abortions were free at pph, how long would they stay in business? Pro-Life organizations offer their caring services saving women and children for free every day and they clean up the mess that pph leaves behind.
Pray Daily for the women who abort, their children, and the providers.

Colorado Springs is not in Windholz's district.

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Her critics gathered today at the state Capitol on Tuesday.

"When one of our own elected officials is saying violence is never the answer… but -- and violence begets violence, we've gone too far,” said Amy Runyon-Harms, executive director, ProgressNow Colorado.

Denver7 reporter Marc Stewart tried to talk to Windholz , but she didn't return his calls and she wasn't at her home. Her husband later called Stewart to say she was unavailable.

Colorado GOP chair Steve House talked to Windholz since making the comment.

"Are the representatives statements a reflection of the state party?” asked Stewart.

“They are not," said House. "She was very focused on the fact there were victims involved.  She did not condone the shooting.  She never would condone the shooting."