FBI Buffalo Offering $25,000 Reward For Abortion Clinic Arson
The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Buffalo is offering a $25,000 reward leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for setting fire to a pregnancy services clinic. On June 7, 2022, the CompassCare Pregnancy Services Center at 1230 Eggert Road in Amherst was attacked just before 3 am. The suspect(s) threw Molotov cocktails at the Center, which provides legal abortion services to Western New York women. The fire bombs caused significant damage to the clinic.
Video of the attack can be viewed here
One of the suspects spray-painted the phrase “Jane was here” on the building. The FBI believes that the arsonists drove a 2013-2016 red or orange Dodge Dart. Anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the arson could receive a reward of up to $25,000.
This criminal act is a violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 844(i), Destruction by Means of a Fire or Explosive, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison, and potentially, a violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 248(a)(3), Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances.
If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact the FBI Buffalo at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), contact your local FBI office or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov. You can view more surveillance photos of the suspects here.
Abortions are still very much legal in New York State,
Abortion has been legal under New York State law since 1970 – three years before the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion throughout the country. Because the right is codified in New York State law, federal decisions to limit access to abortion will not impact New York State.
Any woman seeking an abortion in New York State can find more information about her rights here.