The killing of three people Friday by a gunman at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., could escalate the debates in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail over the women's health nonprofit, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal write.
Nine people were also wounded in Friday's attack. The suspected assailant, Robert L. Dear Jr., reportedly told investigators "no more baby parts" after being taken into custody. Authorities have not publicly confirmed a motive, but Planned Parenthood said the alleged comment showed the shooter was influenced by the heated rhetoric over anti-abortion activists' release earlier this year of secretly shot videos in which officials with the group discuss providing fetal tissue for medical research, The Washington Post reports.
The videos, which Planned Parenthood says were deceptively edited, prompted several congressional investigations of the tissue-donation program and a bid by House conservatives to cut off federal funding for the organization. With the next deadline for a bill to finance federal operations looming on December 11, anti-abortion groups are expected to renew calls for Republican leaders to let the government shut down unless the White House agrees to end Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood.