Police suspect an individual deliberately set fire overnight on Wednesday at a building under renovation to house a new abortion clinic in Wyoming, according to a report.
The Associated Press reported an individual “who called authorities before dawn saw someone running away from the building who was carrying what appeared to be a gas can and a black bag,” citing a Facebook post from law enforcement.
According to the outlet, investigators were looking over video footage around the area in hopes of identifying the suspect or creating a description of the suspect.
There were no injuries reported.
The outlet noted the clinic, set to provide women with other health care services, was expected to open in June.
Julie Burkhart, founder of Wellspring Health Access, issued a statement responding to the fire.
“We are deeply distressed by the damage caused to our clinic as a result of this incident, but also grateful that no one was injured,” Burkhart said.
She added, “We are working with law enforcement on their investigation. We believe that the people of Casper deserve access to comprehensive reproductive health care and will continue to do everything we can to accomplish that mission.”
Read her statement below:
NEWS: Police are investigating a fire, suspected to have been set intentionally, at a Casper, Wyoming abortion clinic. pic.twitter.com/TCjsQa9Axk
— Carter Sherman (@carter_sherman) May 25, 2022
The incident comes after it was revealed that a leaked draft opinion shows the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade.
The New York Times reported a law in Wyoming would ban abortions if the court overturns the ruling.
According to the newspaper, “The state would allow exceptions in cases of rape or sexual assault, or to prevent the death or ‘substantial and irreversible’ injury of a pregnant woman.”
The Marquette Law School Poll found public approval of the Supreme Court has dropped following the leak.
Fifty-five percent say they disapprove of the court, an increase from 45% in March.
Among individuals who oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, 74% disapprove of the court.
The number is an uptick from 54% in March.
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