Pullman public works director, Kevin Gardes, inspected the building Friday afternoon and posted it as structurally unsafe because of some of the damaged beams in the building. “That’s suspicious”, Tennant said. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have joined the investigation.
Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and John Conyers of Michigan, the top Democrats on the House Oversight and House Judiciary committees, respectively, wrote to their Republican counterparts Thursday, asking them to stop investigating Planned Parenthood or start an equally aggressive probe of the Center for Medical Progress. On August 22, some 500 protesters gathered outside the Pullman clinic, waving signs and calling for Congress to defund the organization.
Planned Parenthood has been under increased scrutiny since the release of undercover videos purportedly showing a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the sale of cells from aborted fetuses. Planned Parenthood has maintained that the videos are heavily edited to support inaccurate claims and that the organization doesn’t profit from tissue donation.
Abortion rights activists say violent threats against abortion providers have spiked since the videos were released.
“Planned Parenthood health centers do not compile the pregnancy status of all their female patients”, Planned Parenthood Federation of America spokesman Eric Ferrero said.
Cruz has said that he would do his best to make sure the government wasn’t funded if it included any money for planned parenthood – and efforts to blame him for a potential government shutdown would be “nonsense”.
“When Governor Jindal and other politicians try to cut Planned Parenthood’s funding to score political points, what they’re actually doing is ensuring that some women’s cancer will get worse before it’s caught and that HIV and other infections will spread”, Richards added. Planned Parenthood sees these babies as nothing more than inconvenient medical waste and has no problem with tax money funding its disposal. “Until the official investigation is complete we cannot speculate the cause or conclude if it was arson or not”, said Riordan.
Pullman Police, the Pullman Fire Department and Whitman County Fire District 12 all responded to the blaze. Chris Tennant said. The fire burned much of the building’s north side, and firefighters had to vent flames from the roof.
While the Planned Parenthood videos may be extremely shocking and disturbing to the senses, the question remains; where’s the logical or moral grounds for fighting this issue with violence?