EDITORIAL: Rep. Windholz must resign after repulsive rant about Planned Parenthood murders

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It seems impossible to stem the national tirade unleashed this week by anti-abortion-rights activists and the disreputable politicians pandering to them, but it’s not impossible to bring swift justice to local officials like state Rep. JoAnn Windholz for such repulsive diatribe.

Windholz, who lives in Adams County and represents north Aurora, set fire to her own nascent political career this week when she posted on social media a rant blaming Planned Parenthood for the heinous murders and injuries last week at their Colorado Springs clinic, an attack carried out by an unhinged, well-armed extremist. The post then gained traction after it was first reported by the Colorado Independent.

“Violence is never the answer but we must start pointing out who is the real culprit. The true instigator of this violence and all violence at any (Planned Parenthood) facility, is (Planned Parenthood) themselves. Violence begets violence. So (Planned Parenthood), YOU STOP THE VIOLENCE INSIDE YOUR WALLS.”

To say that a respected healthcare provider like Planned Parenthood, or any healthcare provider, is responsible for inciting someone to go on a murderous rampage, or that patients and staff associated with Planned Parenthood are somehow deserving of being stalked and murdered, is beyond the pale. It’s unfathomable even with the bar being as high as it is for unscrupulous politicians one-upping each other to boast the most outrageous lies, the worst propaganda and or the most sadistic commentary.

That Windholz would use such repulsive and sophomoric argument in a community like Aurora — where another madman slaughtered innocent people going about their daily lives, and who were in no way “culprits” in the crime — makes Windholz’ blunder all the more painful.

Windholz should immediately resign.

The first-term state legislator does not speak for Aurora, and we feel confident that such abhorrent and repulsive views and comments are not shared by the vast majority of her constituents, even those who support her misguided push to end Colorado’s longstanding pro-choice laws and traditions.

Not only does such invective reveal the poor judgment and character of an insensitive and warped person, Windholz forfeits any credibility she may have had to ethically and responsibly cast votes in the state House on behalf of her constituents.

Reasonable Americans have clenched their jaws and rolled their eyes at the disinformation and outright lies perpetrated by anti-abortion-rights activists and the politicians exploiting the fabrications and controversy for their own short-sighted political gain.

Planned Parenthood is a huge agency and provides some controversial services. They are not beyond reproach, and they have regularly been forthcoming and transparent about their services and practices. It’s important that this organization, heavily funded by government dollars, be accountable, and they are. Critics have launched an unscrupulous attack on the agency, for purely political purposes. The war of lies and misinformation being waged by anti-abortion-rights proponents seemed that it could not be topped.

But since the horrific terrorist attack on the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic began last Friday, the level of outrageous slander and vitriol has become increasingly shrill and repulsive.

An innocent police officer and two supportive friends of patients were slaughtered by a gunman in the clinic last week, with nine others injured. It’s ghastly that Windholz and others would not only continue their nauseating barrage on Planned Parenthood, but then step it up like Windholz did on her Facebook account.

Clearly, not only does she believe the lies her fellow activists spread about Planned Parenthood, she is herself a perpetrator of the deceits, not unlike GOP presidential candidates Carly Fiorina. Fiorina has famously been caught lying about allegedly macabre videotapes that do not, and have not ever existed.

At this point, it’s impossible to determine whether all the lies, propaganda and tirades used by activists actually prompted the alleged shooter to go on his terrorist rampage last week, but it’s perfectly clear that Windholz’ hateful and hurtful comments are beneath any Colorado resident, and especially an elected representative.

If Windholz won’t resign, fellow members of the House and her own Republican Party should censure her. She’s already ended her own political career with her heinous remarks. Now Windholz just needs to make it official.

Text of State Rep. JoAnn Windholz’ Facebook post of Nov. 30, 2015:

Violence – Where it starts.

The freedoms we enjoy in the United States include those that were made up to fit the audience and unsubstantiated numerical support, specifically the right to an abortion. When a violent act happens at a Planned Parenthood (pph) facility (most recent in Colorado Springs) the left goes on “auto-pilot” blaming everyone insight when they should be looking in a mirror. Free Speech has brought to light the insidious selling of baby body parts (pph has no shame). These facts and overall mission of the abortion industry would easily send anyone over the hill who wasn’t rational.

The “war on women” is what pph began with Margaret Sanger and it has turned into a war on the family, especially children. It has changed children from a blessing to a commodity making it very hard to consider ourselves to be a civilized respectful rational society.

Violence is never the answer but we must start pointing out who is the real culprit. The true instigator of this violence and all violence at any pph facility, is pph themselves. Violence begets violence. So pph, YOU STOP THE VIOLENCE INSIDE YOUR WALLS. My question is, if abortions were free at pph, how long would they stay in business? Pro-Life organizations offer their caring services saving women and children for free every day and they clean up the mess that pph has left behind.

Pray Daily for the women who abort, their children, and the providers.

JW