After an attempted arson at a pro-life pregnancy center, Tennessee’s governor is speaking out.
“This is terrorism and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Governor Bill Lee (R) said Thursday in response to news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) are investigating an arson at Hope Clinic for Women in Nashville.
“Stand with us in supporting clinics like Hope Clinic who provide critical resources to Tennessee families,” Lee said.
Pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood reportedly released a statement downplaying the attack on Hope Clinic.
“When a right-wing terrorist burned a Knoxville health center to the ground, Bill Lee was silent. The hypocrisy is plain for all to see. The terrorists in Knoxville who burned down our health center are out there evading the law, and listening to our governor today knowing they have his full support.
Gov. Bill Lee signed an abortion ban into law, which took effect when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and women in Tennessee will die as a result.
Planned Parenthood condemns violence in every form, but we can’t be silent on the harm Crisis Pregnancy Centers like Hope Clinic cause. We believe they should be peacefully regulated so they can no longer lie and mislead patients, which has been documented at length by the American Medical Association.”
“Midtown Hills Precinct officers reportedly responded to a burglar alarm at the facility at 1:38 a.m. When officers arrived, they discovered that a front window had been smashed and an unignited Molotov cocktail-type device was inside,” according to the report “The side of the building was also spray painted with the words ‘Jane’s Revenge.'”
“Jane’s Revenge” is a reference to the Jane Collective, a group that helped women obtain abortions before the Roe v. Wade decision, which was overturned by the Supreme Court last week.
Jane’s Revenge is a loosely-knit organization that has mobilized since the May leak wherein Americans learned that Roe v. Wade would likely be overturned.
The group has been described as “militant.”
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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Bill Lee” by Gov. Bill Lee. Background Photo “Hope Clinic for Women” by Hope Clinic for Women.