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.”
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.