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Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Reopens After Fatal Shooting

Three people were killed in the Nov. 27 shooting. The suspect, who has been charged with murder, has called himself a “warrior for the babies.”

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A Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs reopened Monday, almost three months after a deadly shooting there left three people dead and nine others wounded.

"Today, we opened our doors in Colorado Springs," Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains said in a statement. "We didn't back down. We didn't disappear. We returned, stronger and with more conviction than ever."

Police officer Garrett Swasey and two civilians, Jennifer Markovsky and Ke’Arre Stewart, were killed when a shooter opened fire in the women's health clinic on Nov. 27.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, and assault over the rampage.

In a Dec. 9 courtroom outburst, Dear proclaimed himself guilty and said he was a "warrior for the babies."

Speaking on Monday outside the bullet-scarred exterior walls of the clinic, Vicki Cowart, president of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, told reporters, "We are opening today with our eyes to the future."

The clinic is still looking for a way to memorialize the three victims, Cowart said, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Staff are also reviewing security measures. "We can't not be aware of the danger, and of the challenge of what happened in this place," Cowart said.

A small group of anti-abortion protesters gathered at the clinic to protest against its re-opening, according to the newspaper.

"The no-good place opened today," one placard-wielding protester said.

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

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