The bomb was placed on a windowsill on the exterior of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin. It went off around 7:30 Sunday night, after the clinic was closed and when no one was around. By the time the fire department arrived, the fire had burned itself out. The damage pretty much consisted of a busted window and some minor damage to an examination room. The clinic will be open on Tuesday.
The bomb was home-made and was constructed of a plastic bottle filled with “agents of an incendiary quality.” The clinic had not reported any threats to the police.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum weighed in on the bombing, saying, “While we can and should work to defund Planned Parenthood and push back against government mandates that force Americans and religious institutions to violate their faith, violence against our fellow citizens has no place in a freedom-loving America.” Thanks so very much, Saint Rick. It is the Republicans who have spread the lie that Planned Parenthood’s primary business is abortion, which has fueled the movement to defund it. Planned Parenthood’s business is women’s health, from breast cancer screenings to family planning. Defunding it, closing Planned Parenthood’s clinics, will have a devastating impact on women across the country, and particularly on lower-income women.
This bombing, as inept as it may have been, is a warning for all Planned Parenthood facilities. They need to arrange for better security, surveillance cameras, motion detectors, whatever it takes to protect themselves. They are the new target instead of individual abortion doctors and their offices or in addition to those older targets. Too many have died already to preserve a legal medical procedure. Planned Parenthood cannot and must not think that even though their principle business is women’s health, they would not be attacked.