Unidentified arsonist behind fire that burned down the Planned Parenthood clinic in Tennessee last week

An unknown arsonist is behind the fire that destroyed a planned parenting clinic in Tennessee last week, authorities reported on Friday.

The Knoxville Fire Department has confirmed that the fire was deliberately started by an individual or group of people and is offering a $ 10,000 reward to anyone with information about the crime.

No one was injured in the fire as the building was closed for renovation work. East Tennessee and Planned Parenthood pledged to work with investigators to find those responsible for the crime and rebuild the clinic, which is the only abortion provider in the eastern part of the state.

“This is a horrific and heartbreaking act of violence against Planned Parenthood, our patients and our community,” said Ashley Coffield, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee & North Mississippi, in a statement Thursday. “Although it will take time to rebuild, we stand up for our patients in East Tennessee and will not allow this attack to lose the essential health services they depend on.”

The clinic was attacked twice last year when an unknown assailant fired a shotgun at the vacant building in January.

Abortion has always been a hot topic between the left and the right. But as Conservative states pass new restrictive laws on access to abortion and the US Supreme Court prepares to hear a case on a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks, the issue has become even more controversial in recent weeks.

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