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LA area Planned Parenthood clinics increase security

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In the wake of the shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs last Friday, the organization's health centers in the Los Angeles area are taking extra precautions to protect their patients and staff.

Officials with the Los Angeles and Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley chapters of Planned Parenthood said they have an increased police and security presence at their clinics. 

"Here in Los Angeles and across the country, Planned Parenthood has strong security measures in place, works closely with law enforcement agencies, and has a very strong safety record," Planned Parenthood Los Angeles said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley chapter requested that the media not visit its clinics right now, to keep things as normal as possible for patients and staff. When asked to describe the mood at those facilities, chapter president and CEO Sherri Bonner said she continues to be "very inspired" by her staff.

"I haven't seen a staff person who wasn't committed to making sure that our doors stay open," Bonner said. "They're very in touch that people need us."

In October, a Planned Parenthood in Thousand Oaks was intentionally set on fire, according to an investigation by arson investigators from the Ventura County fire and sheriff's departments.

Officials with the Planned Parenthood chapter for Los Angeles County said they won't be deterred from caring for their patients. They're going ahead with the opening of their 20th clinic - in West Hollywood - on Tuesday morning.