AMHERST, N.Y. — The Amherst Police Department is investigating a fire early Tuesday at CompassCare on 1230 Eggert Road as arson. Police said it was firebombed and vandalized.
CompassCare, a pro-life medical office, said in a release that its building was "firebombed." Windows at the building have been broken and a fire occurred inside. Graffiti reading "Jane Was Here" was also left on the building according to CompassCare.
Services were back up and running for patients Wednesday. CompassCare said patients were directed to another location starting today while the main location on Eggert Road is being repaired.
"That represents Jane's Revenge which is an abortion terrorist group," said CompassCare CEO Jim Harden.
That is a group that has claimed responsibility for similar damages done to other pro-life facilities in other states and has called for "nights of rage" in anticipation that the Supreme Court may soon overturn Roe v. Wade, leaving abortion rights up to states.
Harden also noted that Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the spending of $35 million to enhance and protect abortion services at clinics throughout the state.
"We've not received a dime for protection," said Harden. "It's shameful what these abortion activists have done but it's even more shameful that you don't hear a denunciation of this violence at pro-life pregnancy centers from the sources of power? Where is the legislature? Where is Hochul,...where is Biden? If these politicians don't say anything about this, if they don't denounce violence to pregnancy centers today then they are complicit."
2 On Your Side reached out to the Governor's office and received a reply from a spokesperson who wrote, "Governor Hochul condemns violence of any kind, and the State Police stand ready to assist local authorities with the investigation.”
Multiple fire departments including Eggertsville Hose Co. responded to the fire along with the Amherst Police Department and an Erie County Sheriff's deputy.
Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries.
Amherst Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact them at 716-689-1322.