Planned Parenthood No Stranger to Violence

While police haven't released the shooting suspect's motive, violence against the health care provider has stretched back years.
2:09 | 11/28/15

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the subject of so much controversy. If the clinic was intentionally targeted by the gunman it would be the latest in a string of attacks on its facilities that goes back decades. ABC's Devin Dwyer at the white house with more on the history of vice against the health care provider. Reporter: Good morning, Paula. We don't know if planned parenthood or its employees were direct targets in this shooting rampage but the group and law enforcement have been on heightened alert for acts of vice against planned parenthood with the group front and center in the political spotlight. From the debate stage to the campaign trail -- The barbaric practices of planned parenthood. Reporter: Planned parenthood's a high-profile political target. After the shooting at its clinic in Colorado Springs new fears about security during what the group calls a poisonous sign that feeds domestic terrorism. This planned parenthood clinic in Indiana was trashed by an intruder with an ax while last month in California, another was a vic of arson. In a statement overnight the group says it has strong security measures in place, works closely with law enforcement agencies and has a very strong safety record. Authorities have been on heightened alert after controversial undercover videos by anti-abortion activists appear to show planned parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue. Planned parenthood denies the videos show any wrongdoing but house republicans launched an investigation. Why do you need federal dollars? You're making a ton of dough. Reporter: Some republican presidential candidates want congress to end all planned parenthood's taxpayer funding. After the incident in Colorado, Hillary Clinton and Bernie sanders tweeted we stand with planned parenthood. The group insists no taxpayer money goes to abortions and most of its work supports basic services for women's health. What doctors and clinicians face to actually provide health care to women in this country is already pretty incredible, the safety and the health of our patients and the women that we provide care to is essential. Reporter: So far, little comment from the 2016 republican presidential contenders. Many have been off the campaign trail today, back on the road and do have a chance to weigh in

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