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Rhetoric Increasing Risk of Violence At Clinics, Delegation Says

Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation said Monday the killing of three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is increasing fear and tension across the U.S. and at similar clinics in this state.

"It's still early," said U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy. "But if the intent here is to intimidate others into walking away from reproductive health services, it certainly looks like a terrorist act."

Several Connecticut lawmakers also warned that extreme anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric by some Republican presidential candidates may be contributing to an environment that can lead to violence.

"The escalating frequency of threats and harassment...