KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In light of last month's mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado that left three dead and nine others wounded, there's heightened security Monday for the group's conference on the Country Club Plaza.
Organizers on Friday decided to move the conference from the Kauffman Foundation to the Intercontinental Hotel because the foundation believes it needs to overhaul its security measures before hosting a gathering of 150 people.
The hotel has a history of staging Planned Parenthood events. There are about half a dozen uniformed Kansas City police officers, in addition to internal security officers working this event, positioning themselves at the hotel entrance, the registration area and the entrance to the conference rooms.
Those attending must also check-in with a photo ID that is scanned before they can enter the conference.
"That's the reality of the world we live in," said Laura McQuade, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. "In most places where you go you have to show photo ID. Now we have a photo scanner, so if anything ever did happen we would have a record of who was in the room. That may be one of those extra precautions that we are now taking. It's probably something we should have done before this, but now it's in place."
The conference theme is discussing what's at stake in the political battle over reproductive and sexual health.
The group says this is a heightened period of opposition and intimidation directed at Planned Parenthood.
The health care provider believes its security measures helped limit casualties and keep people safe during the Colorado Springs attack.