Police in Grand Chute, Wisconsin are investigating a homemade explosive device that blew up at Planned Parenthood last night. Luckily, the clinic was empty and no one was hurt:
The clinic, one of very few in the the state that provides abortions, has been a constant target of anti-choice activists, from Lila Rose attempted “undercover video ‘stings’” to Pro-Life Wisconsin’s “Empty Manger Christmas carols” and other stunts. With the amount of attention being put on the clinic, and the escalating frenzy to try and block a woman’s right to abortion, it was likely only a matter of time before a violent act happened there.
The incident also points to a disturbing and increasing trend of clinic violence. This would be the fourth case of incendiary devices being used as a weapon against clinics and supporters in the last eight months. Last August, a suspect firebombed a clinic in McKinney, Texas. On New Year’s Day, a clinic in Florida was firebombed in the early morning hours by a homeless man believed to be sympathetic to the anti-choice protesters who frequented the health center. And just last month, a Texas state senator known for her Planned Parenthood advocacy had her office in Fort Worth firebombed during working hours while the office was full.
The “war on women” is not hyperbole. Just a few weeks ago, Wendy Davis’s office in Forth Worth Texas was firebombed. While that particular incident was chalked up to “some crazy homeless guy” (as these incidents so often are), Davis used the incident to call for civility, saying we should “be careful about the type of rhetoric bandied about,” and that we need “to stop demonizing (political opponents) … in a way that might incite these kinds of responses.”
This is domestic terrorism. Period. It is designed to silence women, and it is perpetrated by religious nutjobs who believe that taking a life to save a life makes sense.
The cognitive dissonance threatens to overwhelm us all.
[via RH Reality Check]