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Danville’s proposed abortion clinic is attacked for a second time

The proposed abortion clinic in Danville on Thursday, June 8. The building has been attacked twice within recent weeks.

DANVILLE — A proposed abortion clinic in Danville has been attacked — again. 

On May 20, an Illinois man drove his car into the clinic and has been charged with attempted arson by federal authorities. Abortion is still legal in the state.

“Attacks like this are designed to intimidate and terrorize us out of providing abortion care to Illinois women and pregnant people from across the South and the Midwest, who face bans in their own home states,” said property owner LaDonna Prince in a statement. 

Prince also owns the Clinic for Women in Indianapolis which provides abortions. She said she chose to open a clinic in Danville so they can continue to provide abortions to Indiana residents if the state decides to ban abortion, according to the statement.

“We are committed to opening our clinic in Danville because we are honored to serve the very community that helped us get to where we are,” Prince wrote. “They deserve a champion.”

Protestors wait for the Danville City Council meeting to start on Tuesday, May 2. Farrah Anderson / Illinois Newsroom

The attacks on the clinic site come after the Danville City Council passed an ordinance last month outlawing the shipment of abortion medication and tools into the city to block the opening of the clinic. It would only take effect if a court approves it.

Prince is trying to raise $500,000 to finish repairs to the building and hire security using a GoFundMe fundraiser

Farrah Anderson is a journalist and student at the University of Illinois. Follow her on Twitter @farrahsoa.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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