Condemning All Acts of Violence

Floor Speech

Date: Jan. 11, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CICILLINE. Madam Speaker, I unequivocally condemn all acts of violence, vandalism, and destruction of property. However, these acts are not all the same.

Graffiti on the side of a building is not comparable to the stalking of doctors and nurses and the assaulting of patients who try to access healthcare.

Yet, 38 of the 39 incidents listed in this resolution concern attacks on property, not people.

In fact, the lone act of assault mentioned in this resolution took place when an individual targeted a healthcare facility for providing abortions and then attacked police officers, striking them multiple times.

So, yes, the only threat to human life mentioned in this resolution was an attack on abortion providers and on patients who are seeking care and the law enforcement officers defending their right to provide and seek such care.

Today, I ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to join me in condemning the countless acts of violence against abortion providers and patients that they face every single day accessing care in this country.