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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers told reporters that the suspect accused of opening fire inside a Planned Parenthood facility there is in custody. (Photo: FOX31 Denver)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood will reopen Feb. 15, according to a statement from Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

The health center will provide its full range of sexual and reproductive health services, but on a limited space and schedule because of continued construction and repair work. It will be a few months before the Colorado Springs center will return to full capacity.

The full statement from Vicki Cowart reads:

“On February 15th, we will open the doors to serve our community just as we have done for generations. We are in awe of our healing and resilient  colleagues in Colorado Springs. They are eager to get back to the mission they so deeply care about and the people they so compassionately care for. We welcome our team and our community back into the space with open arms and full hearts.

“The safety of patients and staff is our top priority. Planned Parenthood has in place strong and increased security measures to ensure that this health center — and all of Planned Parenthood buildings — are safe, supportive, welcoming environments for all people to get the high-quality health care and education they need.

“We stand, stronger than ever, for the belief that every person in this community, this country, and around the world deserves access to reproductive health care without fear of harassment or violence. We promised in those first days after the tragedy to repair and reopen in Colorado Springs as soon as possible and we are making good on that promise.”

“It will be a few months before this health center returns to full capacity, but we are opening those doors as quickly as we can and with robust security in place because the community has let us know loud and clear that they need us. We are so grateful for how they’ve rallied to support us in this recovery.”

Patients can call 1-800-230-7526 or go online to PPRMorg to find the health center’s hours or make an appointment. The health center had closed down after a mass shooting in November that killed three.

The suspect has been ordered to undergo a mental health competency evaluation, after he admitted guilt in court and dubbed himself a “warrior for the babies.”