Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina condemned Friday’s Planned Parenthood shooting and criticized liberals who use the tragedy as a chance to demonize pro-life conservatives.
“This is a tragedy. It’s obviously a tragedy — Nothing justifies this, and presumably this man who appears deranged, if nothing else, will be tried for murder as he should be, but it’s a tragedy especially on a holiday weekend,” Fiorina said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Host Chris Wallace pointed out that some pro-choice advocates argue the pro-life movement’s rhetoric has incited violence. (RELATED: Media Rushes To Blame Christians, Republicans For Planned Parenthood Shooting)
“You have been one of the toughest critics, as we’ve said, of Planned Parenthood’s alleged harvesting of body parts, selling them for fetal research,” Wallace said. “Some of the pro-choice advocates are saying language like yours, not specifically singling you out, but language like yours, has incited violence.”
Fiorina criticized the Left for trying to pin the tragedy on those who oppose abortion, calling it “typical left-wing tactics.” (RELATED: Colorado Springs Shooter Robert L. Dear Was An Accused Peeping Tom Once Arrested For Animal Cruelty)
“First, it is not alleged. Planned Parenthood acknowledged several weeks ago they would no longer take compensation for body parts, which sounds like an admission they were doing so,” she said. “Secondly, this is so typical of the Left to immediately begin demonizing the messenger because they don’t agree with the message.”
“The vast majority of Americans agree, what Planned Parenthood is doing is wrong. And that’s why the vast majority of Americans are prepared not only to defund Planned Parenthood, but also to stop abortion for any reason at all after five months,” Fiorina said. “So what I would say to anyone who tries to link this terrible tragedy to anyone who opposes abortion or opposes the sale of body parts is, this is typical left-wing tactics.”
Fiorina also said that protesters outside the clinics who oppose abortion should protest peacefully.
“Any protesters should always be peaceful, whether it’s Black Lives Matter or pro-life protesters, protesters should always be peaceful and respectful.”