“While violence and arson are far too common at abortion clinics across America, today’s events in Colorado are shocking and sad escalation of this violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this tragic situation. In recent years, we have seen too much dangerous and reckless rhetoric around abortion. It is important that people on all side of the so-called abortion debate denounce this and all acts of violence at clinics and that the federal government call these attacks what they are — domestic terrorism. Woman of this country should be able to access health care in this without the fear of violence.”

Statement from Karen Middleton, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado:

“Providing women’s health care shouldn’t be at personal risk of physical and mental harm. Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains,law enforcement, first responders, and all the victims in Colorado Springs. Too many providers and patients in Colorado, a pro-choice state, face harassment and threats of violence on a daily basis. This is not acceptable – it should never be acceptable. We need to call the threats of violence and the intimidation of health care providers and patients what it is — domestic terrorism. And more public officials in Colorado and across the country, not just advocacy groups and the people on the front lines, need to take a stand opposing domestic terrorism and supporting women’s health.”

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