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Victims sue Planned Parenthood over Colorado shooting

The Hill logo The Hill 5/25/2016 Sarah Ferris
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Two victims of last year's shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs have filed a lawsuit against the group, claiming it should have done more to prevent the "foreseeable" incident.

Attorneys filed a lawsuit on Friday on behalf of Samantha Wagner, who survived a bullet to the arm and lost her friend in the shooting, and Ashley Stewart, who lost her husband in the shooting.

Wagner and Stewart argue that Planned Parenthood should be partly held responsible for the Nov. 27 attack, in addition to the alleged shooter, 58-year-old Robert Dear.

"[The clinic] in fact did not provide a safe and secure environment, nor did it provide any warnings of the very real threat and dangers that face people whom they invite and encourage to attend its clinic," according to the complaint, which was first reported by BuzzFeed News.

Wagner and Stewart say Planned Parenthood should have been better prepared to deal with the escalating level of violence against clinics.

Dear is accused of killing three people and wounding nine at the Colorado Springs massacre.

The clinic had no security guards, no fence and no secure entrance, despite nearly weekly public protests, the claim states.

"[Planned Parenthood] knew or should have known of the dangers and risks of the kind or similar kind that occurred on November 27, 2015," the complaint said. "Such dangers and risks were foreseeable."

Planned Parenthood officials have said they knew of no specific threats against that clinic.

In a statement to Buzzfeed News, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains said the safety of patients and staff "is, and always has been, a priority for us."

"Although we cannot comment on ongoing litigation, we believe that our health centers throughout the Rocky Mountain region are both safe and inviting for our patients and our staff who care for them," the organization wrote in the statement.


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