"I'm guilty, there's no trial. I'm a warrior for the babies," Robert Lewis Dear shouted in court today. Dear is the suspected rifle-clad white man who shot 12 people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado in November in a bloody five-hour siege. He killed three people, including a mother of two.
Dear made these comments, which were confirmed by Reuters, in El Paso County Court, where he was attending his initial arraignment hearing.
Although the media was very slow to dub Dear a terrorist, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said the attack on the women's reproductive health facility was likely an act of terrorism. Dear's comments appear to confirm the mayor's suspicions.
Authorities who questioned Dear initially insisted that he was "definitely politically motivated." Law enforcement officials said the suspected shooter -- who has a long criminal record, and was well known to local authorities -- admitted he has anti-abortion and right-wing, anti-government views.
In questioning by authorities, Dear used the phrase "no more baby parts," referencing a thoroughly debunked myth about Planned Parenthood that has been spread by anti-abortion groups and right-wing politicians.
Planned Parenthood initially stated that the shooter "was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion."
Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the mass shooting a "crime against women receiving health care services."