Police in Grand Chute, Wis., are trying to discover who set off a homemade bomb at the city’s Planned Parenthood clinic Sunday night.
Local news outlets are reporting that the small explosive device went off on a windowsill of the clinic at around 7:30 p.m. last night, causing a small fire and some damage to the building. Nobody was hurt by the explosion, according to WGBA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Green Bay.
The attack comes just days before Tuesday’s Republican primary in Wisconsin, where Rick Santorum is fighting hard to remain a viable conservative alternative to frontrunner Mitt Romney. In the lead-up to the election, Santorum has devoted most of his resources to emphasising his conservative record on social issues and to attacking Romney for his previous support for Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice groups.
Like many states, the Wisconsin state legislature is embroiled in a culture war battle over women’s healthcare. State lawmakers are now debating several pieces of legislation pertaining to contraception and reproduction, including a bill that would require women seeking abortions to have a transvaginal ultrasound and one that would “emphasise nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect”in the state’s child abuse prevention campaigns.
UPDATE, 12:34 p.m.:
Talking Points Memo reports that FBI agents in Milwaukee will join the Grand Chute police department as it opens it’s investigation into last night’s bombing.
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