Hi, I mentioned the arson at the Florida clinic that colleagues of mine own and work. I don't think the media ever really gets any of us in our own words, so I thought I'd pass on their statement to the media. I've also included the place to send any donations for re-building that you might want to send their way---or gestures of encouragement are also extremely valuable for staff at times like these.
The family owners of WomanCare Center in Lake Worth wish to issue the
following statement which will also be read at the Press Conference:
While our neighbors and friends and people all over the country were
preparing to celebrate our nation’s birthday and our hard-earned rights and freedoms,
someone else was planning to terrorize us right here. Someone singled out
WomanCare Center and planned to destroy us with by fire. Someone came in the dark
of night to hide their identity. Someone acted without concern for the safety
of and, in fact, endangered the safety of our residential neighbors. Someone
decided to reduce to ashes, both this facility and the right of women to
receive reproductive health services here at WomanCare.
We are still in shock. This is a place where women and their loved ones came
for many services, from pap smears to breast exams to abortions; for
non-judgmental counseling and referrals. There is no doubt that seeing it in ashes
takes the wind out of us. At the same time, our commitment to our patients is
stronger than ever and we are, today, coordinating services with medical providers
in our community.
We are extremely grateful to our neighbors who reported the late- night fire
so quickly and to the rapid response of our firemen, our local law
enforcement, federal marshals and agents of the BATF. No one person or group has yet been
identified as responsible for this act of terror and many possibilities are
under consideration. We will not speculate at this point so early in the
Everyone worked hard to save our building, but we fear the attack has made
the building structurally unsound. As members of the National Coalition of
Abortion Providers (NCAP), the terrible news was sent to other abortion providers
nationwide. Colleagues from across the nation have quickly responded, offering
support and sharing advice from their own personal experiences with such acts
of terror. Our own local community has stepped forward to offer aid and to
work to help us quickly rebuild or open in a new location. In fact, local
physicians have called to say they will ensure our scheduled patients receive full
reproductive health services, including abortion care services.
Today, as we stand in the soot of our nation’s firework celebrations, we also
stand in the ashes of one of our own freedoms. Today, we see again that
rights, once earned, must often be re-defended, and re-asserted to be protected.
Like many before us, we will re-open and will continue to fulfill our commitment
to women. Yes, we do need help. A Women’s Relief Fund is being created to
help us rebuild. As soon as that is established, we will let everyone know.
We want whoever did this to know that our love is greater than your hate. Our
desire to heal is stronger than your desire to destroy. Right now, we ask for
everyone’s prayers for peace and for healing.
If you are contributing send your check, made out to - WCWP Women's Relief Fund (or you
can spell out WomanCare of West Palm). Mail your check to:
WomanCare of West Palm
1622 North Federal Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33460