May 18, 2022

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Abortion clinics are secured like fortresses. Advocates fear Roe ruling could spur new attacks.

Abortion clinics prepare for violence, attacks if Roe overturned

  • Violence directed at abortion clinics has been rising, and abortion-rights groups worry the worse is yet to come.
  • The most recent murders of people associated with an abortion clinic came in 2015 when a man attacked the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs south of Denver.
  • Clinic workers and volunteers know the risks but say they’re morally obligated to help people seeking abortions.

BOULDER — Steel doors. Armed bodyguards. Safe rooms and panic buttons. Custom bulletproof vests.

Many abortion clinics where people exercise their Constitutional rights to reproductive freedom are mini-fortresses, and now abortion clinics nationally are reassessing and strengthening security measures following warnings from law enforcement they may be targeted by anti-abortion activists freshly motivated by the pending Supreme Court decision that may overturn Roe v. Wade.

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