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November 27, 2015 / Press Releases

NARAL Responds To The Shooting At Planned Parenthood in Colorado

November 27, 2015

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Statement from Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America:

“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.”


NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”



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