It’s a fair question after a small bomb exploded outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin Sunday night.
According to local news reports, police fire crews found the homemade explosives outside a window sill. They believed the explosives set off a small fire which burned out before fire crews arrived, only partially damaging the building. The clinic should be able to re-open Tuesday.
Planned Parenthood operates 27 health centers in Wisconsin, but only three including the clinic that was bombed perform abortions.
Teri Huyck, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin said this about the incident:
“Our primary concern today — as always — is our patients, staff and volunteers,” Huyck said in a statement on Monday. “Women deserve safe and compassionate care, and we are proud to provide it. Rest assured, our doors will remain open for the thousands of women who rely on Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin each year for high quality health care.
“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the law enforcement agencies working with us to ensure Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin continues to be a safe and trusted health care provider,” she said.
In this particular incident we are lucky that no one was hurt or killed. But luck will only go so far and these incidents, whether designed to intimate workers and patients or to actually harm or kill them, don’t seem to be stopping. It’s long past time we get serious about FACE Act enforcement and let the hard right know that domestic terrorism targeting women will not be tolerated.
Photo from Michael Melchiorre via flickr.