Last Friday's tragic shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado alerted many to just how much violence women's health clinics face in America.
While we were all horrified by the news, those who work closely with or volunteer at women's health clinics were not surprised by it. It was one more attack in a long string of endless attacks that they and their colleagues have endured over the years.
Enduring threats of violence is a fact of life for many abortion and women's health care providers. Many work at these clinics behind bulletproof glass and even wear bulletproof vests on the job, as the Guardian reports. The Daily Intelligencer reported that the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood has safe rooms that came in handy during the shooting.