Ralph Lang, an angry and demented idiot from Marshfield with a handgun was arrested in Madison this week before he could pull the trigger and kill untold numbers of people at Planned Parenthood. The news makes for a sober ending to the work week.
As the Wisconsin Legislature carelessly works to allow anyone the right to carry a concealed handgun we are again reminded of the anger and unstable makeup of many in our society. Lang represents the worst kind of madman. One that feels he has a mission from God to spill blood.
Planned Parenthood is a worthwhile and essential organization. Not only in Madison but throughout the state and nation. They serve a purpose for women and our whole society. Too often Planned Parenthood is vilified and willfully misunderstood for the sake of political chicanery by conservatives and out-and-out wackadoodles.
After a near tragedy such as the one that made news this week in Madison it is again time to recognize the need for not only gun control, but also the continued rights of women to control their own bodies. That there are some who would go the lengths Ralph Lang was planning strongly underscores the reasons we all must stand up for Planned Parenthood, and the rights of women.
Today Teri Huyck, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood released a statement. In part she said the following.
Unfortunately, we are working in an environment where a vocal few would like to see us cease being a part of Wisconsin’s health care community. When anti-abortion organizations and politicians vilify Planned Parenthood as a health care provider, they embolden people like this man who would turn to violence. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin will stand strong and continue to be a trusted provider of comprehensive reproductive health care services in communities throughout Wisconsin.
It is at times like this that I most admire Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s staff. They continue to provide the highest quality health care even in the face of their own personal safety. Their personal strength and commitment to our mission and our health care is without equal. Additionally, we are stronger and safer because we have the commitment and support of people like you who fully understand the critical role all the health care we provide plays in the lives of women and families.