Molotov cocktail attack on Texas Planned Parenthood clinic
Summary of story from HuffPost, July 28, 2011
A Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney, Texas, that does not provide abortions was attacked with a Molotov cocktail late Tuesday night. An official said it caused “serious damage” to the facility.
Holly Morgan, director of media relations and communications for Planned Parenthood in Dallas, told Star Local News: “It didn’t penetrate the health center office and none of the staff or patients were there, which is great.”
Tait Sye, spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America told HuffPost that, while this incident marks the first attack on the McKinney clinic, Planned Parenthood locations around the country have experienced similar attacks over the years because of the organization’s association with abortion.
According to the most recent statistics from the National Abortion Federation, there were a total of 96 incidences of violence – including murder, death threats, vandalism, arson and bombing – against US and Canadian abortion clinics in 2010.
Despite the attack on the McKinney clinic, the damage was cleaned up quickly enough to allow staff to continue providing pap smears, STI screenings and contraceptives to patients the next morning.
“We’re open for business today in McKinney,” Planned Parenthood of North Texas tweeted on Wednesday, “b/c our patients depend on us & our resolve to serve the community is strong as ever.”