NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Workers at Planned Parenthood in Connecticut continue to get through the work week after the deadly shootings that happened in Colorado last Friday.
“This is important work. This is not a game,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy, who visited the Planned Parenthood clinic in New Haven Tuesday morning. The governor wanted to meet with employees in the wake of last week’s shooting, which killed three people and left several others injured. All of it still on the minds of people working in Connecticut.
“I’ve been a supporter of Planned Parenthood my whole life,” said Malloy. “They have, in essence, been attacked and it’s important for me to be here.”
Gov. Malloy also met with Judy Tabar, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.
“We’re still very focused on thinking about the loved ones lost in Colorado. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them,” said Tabar.
Gov. Malloy says the other point of his visit was to validate what the men and women do at the clinic, especially in the wake of conversations taking place across the country. Specifically on the presidential campaign trail.
“It’s wrong. It has to stop and the folks who are using this rhetoric need to be punished at the ballot box,” said Malloy.
Planned Parenthood serves 60,000 people in Connecticut. Tabar tells News 8 there’s strong security in place that’s often updated. Commitment to patients is paramount.
“Regardless of what’s happening in the environment we come to work everyday,” said Tabar. “We provide compassionate care. We care about the healthcare for our patients.”