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Marsha Blackburn

Planned Parenthood: Long a lightning rod in US culture wars

As a leading defender of abortion rights and comprehensive sex education, Planned Parenthood deals daily with some of America's most contentious issues, and is well accustomed to receiving verbal threats.

Some of the organization's supporters say Friday's deadly shooting at its clinic in Colorado Springs shows that the vitriolic rhetoric could be inspiring actual violence.

"It is time to stop the demonizing and witch hunts against Planned Parenthood, its staff and patients," said Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat.

But critics show no signs of backing away from a multi-pronged offensive against Planned Parenthood, keeping protests and a...