Louisiana Clinic Fire Caused By Faulty Air Conditioner, Not Arson

The fire that destroyed the Delta Women’s Health Clinic, Baton Rouge’s only abortion facility, was ignited by a faulty air conditioner according to a statement made Thursday by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Arson had not been ruled out as a possible cause of the fire, which occurred in the early morning hours on Sunday, July 15 and caused $250,000 damage. ATF agents had been called in to investigate because the fire involved a commercial business, but were involved “especially” since the business is an abortion clinic.

Delta Women’s Health Clinic had been a target of anti-choice extremists for several years. Four men firebombed the clinic in 1985, causing $20,000 damage. Thousands of supporters of Operation Rescue, now called Operation Save America, rallied for week of protests in 1992 that resulted in 61 arrests.


Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report www.kff.org - July 23, 2001, Feminist Majority

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