No Increased Security For Planned Parenthood

Source: MGN Online
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The CEO of Planned Parenthood said their centers will not be increasing security in wake of Friday's shooting.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains President and CEO Vicki Cowart told 11 News over the weekend that safety measures are already in place.

"We are already secure, we are very safe. And I think yesterday [Friday] is testament to that," she said.

Cowart said the Planned Parenthood clinic off Centennial Boulevard in Colorado Springs had one security guard on duty that day.

“He had finished his duties and he was gone by the time the individual showed up," said Cowart.

Cowart said no one replaces that security guard. Most of the time, she said security guards are armed.

Cowart said she wont' be added additional guards to the Planned Parenthood buildings.

“We are not planning an intense increase in security. This is health care. People should not have to walk through metal detectors to go the doctor.”

On Friday, the horrific shooting took the lives of three people. Coward said her staff was safe.

“We, of course, are very happy that all of our staff are fine. There were 15 staff members there at the time,” she said.

She said her staff has never seen the suspect before.

“We had no knowledge of this individual at all, no warning, no threat. For all intensive purposes, looked like a normal day to us.”

Cowart says we may never know why the shooting happened, but said Planned Parenthood will continue to provide heath care to their patients in Colorado. However, the facility in Colorado Springs will be closed for a while.

Our sister station in Denver reports that one metro-area Planned Parenthood did increase its security Friday.

In New York, police increased security at their local clinics in response to Friday's shooting.