COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–In light of Friday’s attack in Colorado, security remains a top priority for Planned Parenthood.
The organization operates 27 health clinics across the Buckeye State, with five located in Central Ohio.
Stephanie Kight, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, said she was in her office when she learned of the attack.
“After getting a quick assessment, we called each and every one of our health centers to make sure both they knew what was going on, and that they were comfortable and felt secure in their environment,” she said. “You’re always anxious for your staff. Their safety, and the safety of the patients that come to see them, is always on my mind.”
According to Kight, there are no threats of violence against any of Ohio’s Planned Parenthood facilities, but she and her team still requested additional patrols from area law enforcement.
Additionally, Kight has consulted with Planned Parenthood’s national leaders and they all have asked their staff to review safety protocols, particularly how to shelter in place and respond to an intruder.
“We already had that training,” said Kight. “It’s a matter of saying ‘if you were going to do that training in January, pull it forward and do it now.'”
Health clinics across Ohio continue to operate as normal, and they are expected to remain that way.
“All of our health centers will be open,” Kight said. “What we’ve been thinking about today is the fact that our hearts are broken, but our commitment is unyielding to care, no matter what.”