FBI releases photographs of vandalism suspects at Nashville-Tennessee Lookout Crisis Pregnancy Center

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Federal officials on Tuesday released photographs of a suspect wanted in connection with an act of vandalism at a Nashville crisis pregnancy center in June.

On July 1, a week after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, officials at the Hope Clinic for Women report that a window at the Midtown facility was smashed, a molotov cocktail-type device was found inside and an exterior wall spray-painted with the words “Jane’s Revenge”.

The device did not explode, Metro Nashville Police Department officers said.

The grainy photos show the suspect wearing dark clothing and a backpack. The FBI provided no further information.

A Nashville police spokesperson said the incident was the first reported act of vandalism after the Supreme Court ruling, which effectively made abortions unavailable in Tennessee.

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Photos of a suspect in the vandalism of a crisis pregnancy center in Nashville. (Photo: Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Days after the ruling, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction over the so-called “heartbeat bill,” a dispute between doctors. Providers are prohibited from performing abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, a time when many women may not yet know they are pregnant.

Planned Parenthood of Tennessee-North Mississippi stopped providing abortion services after the injunction was lifted and the outright ban will go into effect after the Supreme Court ruling is enshrined in law, a decision expected in early August .

Governor Bill Lee, founder of Hope Clinic who remains on the advisory board, tweeted after the vandalism that the act amounted to domestic terrorism. Lee had no comment when the Planned Parenthood building in Knoxville burned down in January.

According to the Hope Clinic’s annual report, the facility — which provides counseling and contraceptive options but does not offer abortions or refer to abortion providers — served 1,500 clients in 2021, the mostly between the ages of 20 and 24.

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