Peoria Planned Parenthood clinic hit by arson

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The Planned Parenthood clinic in Peoria was the target of arson Sunday night.

The clinic offered medication abortions, but not in-clinic procedures. It also offered prenatal care, family planning, STI testing and gender-affirming care in Central Illinois.

Jennifer Welch, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, said that on Sunday, Jan. 15, the Peoria Planned Parenthood Health Center was vandalized when someone threw a fire accelerant through a window, causing a fire in the building. 

There were no injuries, but the clinic is closed. Planned Parenthood is directing patients to other clinics in the area.

“We are grateful to the prompt response from firefighters who put out the fire, however there is significant damage to the building,” said Welch. “Thankfully, no patients or team members were present or harmed. Senseless acts of vandalism have been on the rise across the country and Illinois has become a target as extreme and divisive rhetoric increases. We are working with local authorities and will prosecute the person or people involved to the fullest extent of the law.”

Welch said that acts of vandalism have been on the rise across the country and Illinois has become a target.

“We are working with local authorities and will prosecute the person or people involved to the fullest extent of the law,” she said.

25 News Now reported that one firefighter had minor injuries. Damage to the clinic was $150,000.

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