- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Wendy Davis, the former Texas state senator who famously filibustered in 2013 to block legislation that would restrict abortion, is blaming Republicans for the “dangerous political rhetoric” that she believes fueled last week’s shooting spree at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

“You know, there are a lot of questions that still need to be answered about who this person truly is, and what his state of mind at the time was, but we do know that when he was taken into custody, he talked about dead baby parts,” Ms. Davis, a Democrat, said Monday on MSNBC, Breitbart reported. “This is part of a political rhetoric, a very dangerous political rhetoric, that we’ve been hearing from most candidates on the Republican presidential primary side, and I think it is fueling this kind of behavior that we saw in this individual last week.”

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, is accused of killing three people, including one police officer, and wounding nine others during a five-hour siege on Friday that ended with his surrender at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. There was no discussion of Mr. Dear’s alleged motives during his first court appearance on Monday. Planned Parenthood said Saturday that unconfirmed reports of Mr. Dear telling investigators “no more baby parts” following his arrest proved he was acting on his opposition to abortion.

Ms. Davis accused Republican presidential candidates of using hateful language about abortion and women’s rights following the Center for Medical Progress’ release of several undercover videos that appeared to show Planned Parenthood executives negotiating over prices for fetal tissue samples, or “baby parts.”

“The understanding on the part of those candidates is that they are appealing to a particular type of voter, who is going to respond to that rhetoric and hopefully come their way when it comes time to vote,” Ms. Davis said. “But the consequence of using language like that, can be very dangerous. I think candidates need to step back, take a deep breath, and understand, as I said before, we have a responsibility to use thoughtful and careful language. It is fine to disagree on this issue. Of course, abortion is a constitutionally protected right in this country, but I respect people who have a differing opinion on it. We have to be careful about the language that’s used when we discuss it.”

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