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Police suspect a fire that broke out at a Wyoming abortion clinic was intentionally set, the Casper Star Tribune reports.
The blaze was ignited at around 4am at the Wellspring Health Access in Casper.
"This was intentional," Wellspring founder Julie Burkhart told the Star-Tribune, adding that it's uncertain if the fire will delay the clinic's opening date.
"This world seems to be encased in violence," she added.
A witness told police that they saw someone running away from the building around the time the fire started.
Wellspring announced it would open the clinic this past April, which would have made it just the second location in the entire state to offer abortions, and the first to offer surgical abortions.
This has made it a magnet for anti-abortion demonstrators in the area, although those demonstrations against the clinic had remained peaceful.
The suspected arson at the clinic comes as the United States Supreme Court is poised to overturn decades of legal precedent by reversing the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made getting an abortion a legal right in the United States.
A leaked draft of the opinion, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, reportedly has the support of five Supreme Court justices.
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U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is being criticized after falsely identifying the Uvalde, Texas shooter who massacred 19 children and two adults at an elementary school as being a "leftist," undocumented, and LGBTQ.
Last year Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) called Gosar an "avowed white nationalist." Gosar appeared by video at an event run by a far-right activist who has been labeled a white nationalist and a white supremacist.
In a tweet posted very early Wednesday morning, well after the identity of the alleged shooter was widely reported, the far-right Arizona Congressman said the 18-year-old who slaughtered 21 people was a “transsexual leftist illegal alien.”
Many hours earlier Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott had specifically said at a news conference the shooter (NCRM will not name him here) was a U.S. citizen. There is no indication he was "transsexual," as Gosar falsely claimed, or "leftist."
Former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski posted a screenshot of Gosar's tweet, which has since been deleted after massive outcries.
Reporting on his tweet, Huffpost called Gosar "an anti-immigration hardliner who routinely cozies up to white nationalists, " and "was apparently promoting a false claim circulating on right-wing networks."
The lawmaker was censured and stripped of his committee assignments last year after he posted an anime video depicting him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and threatening President Joe Biden. Only two Republicans voted with Democrats on the measure.
Meanwhile, in response to the false tweet an opinion writer for The Arizona Republic, Laurie Roberts, called Gosar "Arizona’s reigning king of disinformation," and "a gossip of the worst kind – one who delights in distorting the facts to fit his own warped view of the world."
"The congressman – already censured for his sick anime video in which he shows himself killing a congresswoman and threatening the president – has shown himself, yet again, to be completely unfit for office."
Roberts added: "Not a single Republican leader in this state will denounce him," and "He'll be re-elected in a landslide.
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