Planned Parenthood's 200,000 daily website visitors rely on the organization for vital health care information and service provision. If the site goes down for an extended period of time, the potential for avoidable health crises goes up immeasurably. Knowing the consequences of taking down the site, extremist anti abortion activists did it anyway believing their religious opinion trumps the health and safety of millions of women around the country. From CNN:
Planned Parenthood's website went down Wednesday afternoon in what the nonprofit health services organization called "an attack by extremists."
The hack comes in the wake of the publication of several undercover videos by anti-abortion activists seemingly showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue and organs for medical research. Selling fetal organs for a profit is a felony, but the footage is highly edited and it is not clear that is what the officials are discussing.
The website was downed using a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, a tactic used by hackers to flood a site with traffic and keep users from accessing the site, said Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood's executive vice president, in a statement issued Wednesday evening.
As of now, it is unclear who was behind the attack, but the timing and the nature of it makes it almost certain that it was orchestrated by pro life extremists. To mitigate the disaster, Planned Parenthood is suggesting that those wishing to book an appointment at one of their centers use Google Maps to find one nearest to them and use the listed phone number.