Washington Planned Parenthood Fire Ruled Arson
A fire that broke out at a Planned Parenthood facility in Washington state Friday has been officially ruled arson, NBC reports.
Authorities were alerted of the fire around 3:30 a.m. According to the Pullman Fire Department, the incident resulted in “extensive fire, smoke and heat damage to the front portion of the building.” The clinic, which has been in operation since September 2012, was the site of a major anti-abortion demonstration a few weeks before the fire.
A Planned Parenthood representative has since issued a statement in response to the fire, essentially blaming reports that surfaced several months ago accusing the reproductive health organization of harvesting and selling fetal parts for profit.
“This is an appalling act of violence towards Planned Parenthood, but unfortunately a predictable ripple effect from the recent false and incendiary attacks that fuel violence from extremists,” Karl Eastlund, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. “We are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support from Eastern WA and the Pullman community.”
The local fire department has ruled the building as unsafe, so PP is working to establish an alternate site until the original location can be rebuilt.
“Our priority is to establish a safe operating site and re-convene services for our patients immediately,” said Eastlund. “Although it will take time to rebuild our Pullman Health Center, we are committed to our patients in Pullman and will not let this attack disrupt services to the women, men, and families we serve.”