Alaska Planned Parenthood won't beef up security

Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Planned Parenthood locations in Alaska, Idaho and western Washington haven't beefed up security following the slaying of a doctor who performed late-term abortions in Kansas, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said violence should not be used in advancing the anti-abortion message.

Brian Cutler, the communications director for Planned Parenthood Great Northwest in Seattle, said staff members have met to discuss the death of George Tiller, who was serving as a church usher Sunday when he was shot.

Palin expressed sorrow for the Tiller family and said despite her objections to abortion, "violence is never an answer in advancing the pro-life message."

Abortion services account for 8 percent of Planned Parenthood's work. It also provides counseling, cancer screening and pregnancy prevention services.

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