Wisconsin Man Pleads Guilty to Planned Parenthood Firebomb

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 4, 2012   |   7:28PM   |   Grand Chute, WI

A Wisconsin man who appeared unstable in court and apparently has no ties to any pro-life organization, pleaded guilty in court today to placing a firebomb at a Grand Chute, Wisconsin Planned Parenthood abortion business that caused minimal damage.

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 reopened the Grand Chute, Wisconsin abortion clinic on Tuesday.

According to news reports, Francis Grady, 50, was arrested yesterday and pleaded guilty in court today — displaying behavior that made him look mentally unstable to observers.

Grady acted erratically at his court hearing, telling U.S. Magistrate Judge James Sickel he planned to enter a guilty plea and interrupting the judge to ask, “Do you even care at all about the 1,000 babies that died screaming?” Sickel scheduled a preliminary hearing on April 19 for Grady.

Grady tried to fire his court-appointed defense attorney, Tom Phillip, for interrupting Sickel, prompting a woman from the back of the courtroom to call out, “Shut up, Frankie.” “My sister told me to shut up,” Grady said to Phillip.

Phillip later explained Grady couldn’t fire him because he was court appointed and could be removed from the case only by court order.

The incident has been soundly condemned by prolife advocates.

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.”