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Fire at pro-life clinic outside of Buffalo being investigated as arson

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  • Hayley Jones 

Police in Erie County said a fire at a pro-life medical office in Amherst on Tuesday is being investigated as arson.

Firefighters responded to CompassCare at 1230 Eggert Road in Amherst on the morning of Tuesday, June 7. CompassCare claimed the fire was intentional and the facility was targeted due to its stance against abortion.

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Damage to windows at CompassCare pro-life clinic.
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Windows broken, graffiti spraypainted on wall at Buffalo pro-life clinic

CompassCare President Jim Harden said the facility’s windows were broken and graffiti saying “Jane Was Here” was written on the outside wall. He said the non-profit received threats both in-person and online prior to the fire on Tuesday.

Harden added that the clinic will not close down as a result of the suspected arson. He said the facility is equipped with security cameras and that footage will be provided to police, according to News10 NBC.

CompassCare offers free treatment and counseling to women with unplanned pregnancies and works to dissuade them from getting an abortion.

Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries at the scene of Tuesday’s fire.

The Amherst Police Department asked anyone with information to contact them at (716) 689-1322.

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