NASHVILLE — Local and federal authorities are investigating after a Molotov cocktail was thrown through the window of a pregnancy resource center in Tennessee on Thursday.
The offense drew ire from the state’s Republican governor, who deemed the early morning crime terroristic on social media and called for prosecution in the case.
The Metro Nashville Police Department reported it responded to a burglar alarm at the Hope Clinic for Women in the city’s Midtown neighborhood at 1:38 am, where they found that a Molotov cocktail, also known as a fire bomb, had broken through a first- floor window.
No one was injured and the cocktail did not ignite, police reported.
The FBI is assisting the MNPD Specialized Investigations Division and Hazardous Devices Unit in the investigation.
A message saying “Jane’s Revenge” was spray-painted on the side of the building, police said. A spokesperson from the Hope Clinic said the window was replaced.
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“Jane’s Revenge” is an abortion rights group that has claimed responsibility for recent acts of firebombing and vandalism at crisis pregnancy centers in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court decision. The name refers to the Jane Collective, an organization that helped women obtain abortions prior to the Roe V. Wade decision in 1973.
Police said this is the first act of vandalism in Nashville seemingly related to the recent US Supreme Court abortion decision.
In a statement about the incident, Hope Clinic for Women CEO Kailey Cornett said she is grateful no one was injured and that the center remains open for services.
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‘This is terrorism’
Gov. Bill Lee tweeted about the incident, expressing support for the center, something he did not do when a Knoxville Planned Parenthood was burned in December.
“This is terrorism and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Lee tweeted. “Stand with us in supporting clinics like Hope Clinic who provide critical resources to Tennessee families.”
The Hope Clinic for Women is a faith-based pregnancy care center that provides information and counseling to people dealing with pregnancies, according to their website.
Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk said in a June 24 news release that he would not prosecute women who elect to have an abortion or doctors who perform them at the request of a patient.
Liam Adams contributed to this report.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism