Federal Charges Filed in Bombing of Planned Parenthood Clinic in Wisconsin

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The arrest made in the bombing of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin has led to federal charges against the suspect.

Francis Gerald Grady was charged on Tuesday with arson of a building used in interstate commerce and intentionally damaging a facility that provides reproductive health services, according to a news release from the FBI in Milwaukee.

Grady has a significant criminal record and a possible history of anti-abortion protests, according to local authorities. He may have participated in demonstrations against this particular Planned Parenthood office. His prior arrests are unrelated to any anti-abortion activity.

I should put in a note here about the utterly unsurprising nature of this arrest. You don’t have to look too far to find other violent anti-abortion activity. You don’t have to look too far to find it in Wisconsin. You don’t have to look too far to find it in Wisconsin in the past week:

A Marshfield man who allegedly plotted to kill a Madison Planned Parenthood doctor now faces federal charges.

The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/HhcB98) reports federal charges were filed Wednesday against 63-year-old Ralph Lang.

Lang already was charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in Dane County.
He now also faces federal charges of attempting to injure, to intimidate and to interfere with persons participating in a program and activity receiving federal financial assistance. An indictment alleges that his acts included the attempted use of a dangerous weapon – specifically a firearm – and an attempt to kill.

Simply put, there’s a long rap sheet of violent acts or attempted acts by anti-abortion zealots against abortion providers and facilities, and it doesn’t end with these or with George Tiller’s murder. This is a 30-year crime wave we’re talking about here. And the so-called “right to life” groups, who held rallies throughout Wisconsin just last week, are a powerful spur that does help to incite this activity. Some recognition of that would be in order.

Federal Charges Filed in Bombing of Planned Parenthood Clinic in Wisconsin

The arrest made in the bombing of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin has led to federal charges against the suspect.

Francis Gerald Grady was charged on Tuesday with arson of a building used in interstate commerce and intentionally damaging a facility that provides reproductive health services, according to a news release from the FBI in Milwaukee.

Grady has a significant criminal record and a possible history of anti-abortion protests, according to local authorities. He may have participated in demonstrations against this particular Planned Parenthood office. His prior arrests are unrelated to any anti-abortion activity.

I should put in a note here about the utterly unsurprising nature of this arrest. You don’t have to look too far to find other violent anti-abortion activity. You don’t have to look too far to find it in Wisconsin. You don’t have to look too far to find it in Wisconsin in the past week:

A Marshfield man who allegedly plotted to kill a Madison Planned Parenthood doctor now faces federal charges.

The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/HhcB98) reports federal charges were filed Wednesday against 63-year-old Ralph Lang.

Lang already was charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in Dane County.
He now also faces federal charges of attempting to injure, to intimidate and to interfere with persons participating in a program and activity receiving federal financial assistance. An indictment alleges that his acts included the attempted use of a dangerous weapon – specifically a firearm – and an attempt to kill.

Simply put, there’s a long rap sheet of violent acts or attempted acts by anti-abortion zealots against abortion providers and facilities, and it doesn’t end with these or with George Tiller’s murder. This is a 30-year crime wave we’re talking about here. And the so-called “right to life” groups, who held rallies throughout Wisconsin just last week, are a powerful spur that does help to incite this activity. Some recognition of that would be in order.

UPDATE: And now the suspect has admitted to the charges.

A Wisconsin man tells a judge he wants to plead guilty to the arson fire that damaged a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Francis Grady made the comment during his initial appearance in federal court in Green Bay on Wednesday. WLUK-TV reports he also asked the judge if he knew how many babies were being killed at the clinic.

So, confirmed, another domestic terrorist.