In an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow Monday, Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens placed the full blame for Friday’s attack on a Colorado Springs facility on “inciendiary rhetoric” used and endorsed by the Republican Party.

Laguens made specific references to Carly Fiorina’s abortion video talking-point and Ted Cruz’s recent endorsement by a violent anti-abortion organization.

Said Laguens,

“I think it is disingenuous to say we all need to step back. We’re not the people out there telling other people what to do. We’re not out there protesting as they try to receive health care. And we’re not saying things that are being quoted by the people who perpetrate this kind of violence.”

Watch the full interview.


Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at