Abortion Clinic Rammed by SUV

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A driver rammed his SUV into the front door of an abortion clinic on Thursday, the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, police said. No one was injured.

A 32-year-old man was arrested and taken to Ramsey County jail on suspicion of aggravated assault, police spokesman Peter Panos said.

The building was struck at 7:30 a.m. Several employees were in the building at the time, said Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Kathi Di Nicola. The clinic's front door and surrounding stonework suffered minor damage.

She said when she arrived at the clinic, the man had gotten out of the SUV and was pacing around it, holding a crucifix and chanting.

"He was agitated and he was saying, 'Shut down this Auschwitz,'" she said.

Tim Stanley, senior director of legislative affairs at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, said patients were still being seen at the clinic Thursday. It's the only Planned Parenthood clinic in Minnesota that performs abortions.

Panos said police were trying to confirm the man's name before forwarding felony charges to the Ramsey County attorney's office.

Investigators believe the crash was not an accident.

"That's our belief - that it was an intentional act," Panos said. "Usually we have some demonstrations there on this day, but someone doing actual damage is very, very rare."

Later Thursday, dozens of demonstrators showed up at the clinic as they do every year on the anniversary of the decision, Di Nicola said, but the crash came as an unpleasant surprise.

"Nothing violent like this has happened in recent memory here," Di Nicola said.

The landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion was issued Jan. 22, 1973.

(This version CORRECTS number of employees inside the building at time of crash to several, not just one.))

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