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Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Clinic Damaged in Bombing

By Leah Nelson on April 2, 2012 - 2:00 pm, Posted in Anti-Abortion

A homemade bomb exploded and caused a small fire last night at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wis. – the second attack on an abortion clinic in 2012.

Authorities say the device, fashioned from a plastic bottle filled with incendiary chemicals, was placed on a windowsill at the clinic. It went off at about 7:30 p.m., causing a small fire that damaged an examination room before burning itself out. No injuries have been reported.

This latest attack comes amid a heated national debate over women’s health care issues, revolving around insurance coverage for birth control and a spate of proposals pushed by state lawmakers to make obtaining an abortion more onerous.

On Jan. 1, the American Family Planning Clinic in Pensacola, Fla. – a target of anti-abortion violence for nearly three decades – was firebombed for the second time in its history. In February, a grand jury indicted Bobby Joe Rogers, 41, for the firebombing, which destroyed the clinic.

Wisconsin, too, has seen its share of anti-abortion extremism. A federal jury last week charged Ralph Lang with civil rights and gun crimes in connection with a foiled attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Madison. Lang, 63, was arrested in May 2011 after accidentally shooting a pistol through the door of his Madison hotel room. According to a police affidavit, he said he wanted to “lay out abortionists because they are killing babies,” and “line [the clinic workers] all up in a row, get a machine gun, and mow them all down.”

Lang faces state charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and federal charges of attempting to injure, intimidate and interfere with persons participating in a program and activity receiving federal financial assistance, and for using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

At least eight people – four doctors, two clinic employees, a security guard and an escort – have been killed in anti-abortion violence in the U.S. According to a 2009 report by the National Abortion Federation, there have been 17 attempted murders, 418 death threats, 188 incidents of assault or battery, and four kidnappings committed against abortion providers in the U.S. and Canada since 1977.

  • Karen, a tired old lesbian

    Why are so many “pro-lifers” attempted murderers? The irony is so thick you could cut it with an O. Henry.

  • Reynardine

    The shooter at Oikos College specifically targeted women for execution and was hunting down a female administrater, and though, like Jared Loughner, he was loony, he may have been set off by the increasingly incendiary misogynistic rhetoric coming from the right. The Intelligence Report has correctly identified the more virulent “manosphere” as a serious problem in the making; we are seriously at risk of having it manifest.

  • reaper081087

    It seem to that Planned Parenthood HARDLY has anything to do with abortion at all! It’s just a health clinic that screen breast cancer, STD, etc. And If they ever do any abortion, it only accounts for less than 10% of their budget!

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Leah Nelson,

    I have a feeling these people probably think that they can terrorize doctors into not performing abortions. Otherwise in the long run this doesn’t make sense. Its not like the bombings will convince any pro choice people that abortion should be outlawed, and most likely these violent acts won’t decrease the number of women trying to get abortions in the first place.

  • DrMJG

    Bombing clinic has renewed itself as a form of protest. I suspect we will see more of this i the next few years as people become aware that Planned Parenthood will not simply dry up and blow away.

    If one were really concerned about dropping the number of abortions one would work for greater availability of contraception, sex education that teaches all about the full mechanics of sex and prevention of STDs and unwanted pregnancy AND one would promoted better health care for all women to help prevent some complications in wanted pregnancies to minimize the need for abortion.

    Otherwise, to call oneself pro life without providing in the above ares, one is either a hypocrite or unaware that they are NOT helping.

  • Shadow Wolf

    The Republicans are relentless in their attacks against women. There’s a lot of news to report that the SPLC is not catching up to:

    In Arizona, the Repugs have passed a legislature that will criminalize bloggers who are “annoying” to the Republican agenda. The grave and dire threat to our digital free speech is at stake in a state known for such wackiness. Which means, that I could be going to jail should the atrocious Bill passed into law for simply exercising my right to Free Speech via the internet:


    What more could the American people face from the abhorrent Republican element?

  • Phila

    a heated national debate over women’s health care issues

    There’s not “a heated national debate” over insurance coverage for birth control. A tiny group of zealots and political operatives is trying to make settled law and wildly popular policies “controversial,” and the media are helping them by giving undue attention and credibility to party hacks, panty-sniffers and professional liars.

    “Debate” is a quaint relic of a civilization that most of these people have left behind. The correct term here is “manufactured controversy.”

  • Aron


    Everybody knows that these extremists only care about the ‘person’ up until they’re born. After that, they couldn’t care less.

    Also, way to go you stupid bomber! If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing poorly. That’s how I’ve lived my life, and now I live in a lovely VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!

  • Reynardine

    Murdering dozens of existing people at once, including pregnant women, is surely the most pro-life gesture anyone could…er…conceive of.