Police are hunting for a person involved in a suspected arson attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in central Illinois just two days after the state enacted sweeping abortion protections into law.
The building, which houses the Peoria Planned Parenthood Clinic, sustained "significant damage,” according to a statement from Jennifer Welch, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, which was obtained by WLS.
The arson attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic came just two days after Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed comprehensive reproductive health care legislation into law that protects out-of-state abortion seekers and allows them to get an abortion.
Police are hunting for a person involved in a suspected arson attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Peoria, Illinois, on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at approximately 11:31 p.m. just two days after the state enacted sweeping abortion protections into law.
The Planned Parenthood location that was attacked offered medication abortion but was not a site for in-clinic procedures, Welch told WLS.
She also said that she planned to prosecute the perpetrator "to the fullest extent of the law.".
"We would never condone violence against any Planned Parenthood or any other abortion clinic," Mary Kate Zander, executive director of the anti-abortion organization Illinois Right to Life, told WLS. »