Rick Santorum, Pro-Lifers Condemn Fire at Planned Parenthood

State   Steven Ertelt   Apr 2, 2012   |   5:16PM    Washington, DC

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and pro-life advocates in Wisconsin are condemning a fire that occurred at a Planned Parenthood after someone left a homemade explosive that ignited a fire Sunday night at a local abortion business.

According to news reports:

The device exploded and caused a fire that left minor damage to an examination room about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, though it burned itself out before firefighters arrived. Firefighters were called about 7:40 p.m. to check on an alarm. Firefighters then called in police to assist.

Police chief Greg Peterson said the device consisted of a plastic bottle and chemical agents, which included an incendiary agent. No one was in the building at the time it went off.

Planned Parenthood will reopen the Grand Chute, Wisconsin abortion clinic on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Rick Santorum, campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of that state’s vote in the Republican primary tomorrow, condemned the actions.

“Violence is never the answer, and I will always condemn any and all violent attacks against our fellow Americans.  In this country, we resolve our differences through political discussion and free and fair elections – never by violence. This upcoming election is about restoring freedom and liberty in America, and a key part of that is to restore a culture that values human life and the dignity of all Americans.  While we can and should work to defund Planned Parenthood and push back against government mandates that force Americans and religious institution to violate their faith, violence against our fellow citizens has no place in a freedom-loving America.”

Barbara Lyons, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life, also condemned the actions.

“Wisconsin Right to Life condemns the action of whomever placed a homemade bomb outside the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin,” she told LifeNews.  “We are especially pleased that no one was injured in the incident.   Wisconsin Right to Life remains committed, as it has throughout its 44 year history, to using compassionate and non-violent means to end the tragedy of abortion.”