NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The FBI is joining in on a Nashville attempted arson investigation.
A release from the Metro Nashville Police Department states the FBI is now helping Specialized Investigations Division detectives and Hazardous Devices Unit officers in the investigation of attempted arson of the Hope Clinic for Women on Hayes Street.
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Early Thursday morning, officers responded to a burglar alarm at the pro-life resource center where they found the front window had been smashed and an unignited Molotov cocktail-type device was inside.
The words “Janes Revenge” were found spray painted on the side of the building as well.
According to Metro police, this is the first act of vandalism in Nashville seen as related to the recent U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
The governor called the incident an act of “terrorism” that “should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Francie Hunt, Executive Director of Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood, criticized Lee’s “selective approach” to terrorism following his condemnation of vandalism at the crisis pregnancy center.
“When a right-wing terrorist burned a Knoxville health center to the ground, Bill Lee was silent,” Hunt said, referencing the arson of a Planned Parenthood clinic in East Tennessee in December. “The hypocrisy is plain for all to see. The terrorists in Knoxville who burned down our health center are out there evading the law, and listening to our governor today knowing they have his full support.”
Hunt also condemned the violence against the Nashville “pro-life” center, but also cautioned against institutions like Hope Clinic.
“Planned Parenthood condemns violence in every form, but we can’t be silent on the harm Crisis Pregnancy Centers like Hope Clinic cause,” Hunt said. “We believe they should be peacefully regulated so they can no longer lie and mislead patients, which has been documented at length by the American Medical Association.”
According to the Hope Clinic website, the governor is a member of the Advisory Board and one of the clinic’s founders.
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