Following the deadly shooting last week at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, Connecticut’s Gov. Dannel Malloy visited a local office on Tuesday.
Malloy visited the Planned Parenthood in New Haven on Tuesday morning where he said wanted to show his support for the employees and the women who rely on their services.
In Connecticut, Planned Parenthood treats about 60,000 patients each year, and according to Malloy, it is the only option for many.
"You're making a difference, you're saving lives - you're intervening and finding disease earlier than it would otherwise be found. This is all-important work,” Malloy said.
However, many disagree, including some members of Congress who fought against Planned Parenthood, which is partially funded by the federal government.
Malloy said the opposition is disgraceful.
"It's wrong, it has to stop and the folks who are using this kind of rhetoric should be punished at the ballot box,” Malloy said.
"We come to work every day, we provide compassionate care. We deeply care about providing this important healthcare to our patients,” said Judy Tabar, of the Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.
Leaders said the staff was back to work the day after the shooting in Colorado, adding that they won’t stop providing healthcare, while taking security seriously.
"We have strong security measures in place, we have for a long time. We continually review them and update them. We train our staff appropriately and the safety and security of our patients and staff is our absolute top priority,” Tabar said.
The governor said they’re always working with authorities in communities where there are Planned Parenthood clinics making sure any assistance to keep people safe is available.
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