MADISON (WKOW) — Local leaders and organizations are speaking out against violence after what Madison police believe was a targeted arson attack on an anti-abortion organization.
Governor Tony Evers condemned the attack, saying violence was “never the answer”.
“We reject violence against anyone who disagrees with another’s point of view,” Governor Evers tweeted.
We condemn violence and hate in all its forms, including the actions at Wisconsin Family Action in Madison last night. We reject violence against anyone who disagrees with another’s point of view.
Violence is not the way to go. Hurting others is never the solution.
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) May 8, 2022
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson also denounced the attack, calling it “heinous”.
This attack is heinous and must be condemned by all. https://t.co/CGnPmMJUmo
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) May 8, 2022
Two local groups on either side of the anti-abortion debate also released statements.
Advocates for Planned Parenthood Wisconsin (PPAWI) have reaffirmed their values of health and safety for their staff and patients, saying their work is “rooted in love.”
“We condemn all forms of violence and hatred within our communities,” PPAWI tweeted.
At Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the health and safety of patients and health center staff is our top priority. Our work to protect continued access to reproductive care is rooted in love. We condemn all forms of violence and hatred within our communities.
— Wisconsin Family Planning Advocates (@PPAWI) May 8, 2022
Pro-Life Wisconsin wanted the safety of all pro-life advocates and those of Wisconsin Family Action. They also included a quote from Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, who called the attack “a manifestation of pro-abortion people’s anger and lack of tolerance towards those of us who are pro-life.” .