Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties' Thousand Oaks Health Center was the site of an arson attack late last night. No one was in the building at the time of the attack and there were no injuries.
While the fire damage was contained by the sprinkler system, unfortunately there is extensive water damage and the health center will not be able to see patients until it is repaired. At this time, patients are being redirected and transferred to other Planned Parenthood Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo health centers.
Jenna Tosh, CEO of PPSBVSLO:
Thank you to the community and leaders for your thoughts and support. Our commitment today and always is to the health and safety of our patients and staff. The criminals responsible for these attacks on women's health centers will never break our resolve to provide care, no matter what.
We are grateful for the quick and thorough response of law enforcement and that no one was in the building. We are determined to reopen as soon as possible to serve the health care needs of our patients.
Thank you to leaders who have spoken out against this attack:
Senator Dianne Feinstein:
"The toxic rhetoric directed at Planned Parenthood has dangerous consequences. It sends a signal that using violence to close clinics and intimidate health care professionals and women is ‘ok’. It is not.
"I’m grateful that no one in Thousand Oaks was hurt. My thoughts today are with the clinic’s staff, who provide compassionate care in spite of challenges no health care provider should have to face. Unfortunately, there is a long history of violence against women’s health care clinics. There have been more than 200 arsons and bombings over the past 40 years. These acts are serious crimes at the state and federal level, and the criminals who perpetrate them must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
"Going forward, I hope that my colleagues think about the ramifications of their words. Doctors, nurses, clinic staff and patients should not be terrorized, threatened and put in harm’s way."
Congresswoman Julia Brownley:
“I was deeply troubled to learn that for the second time in two months, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Thousand Oaks has been the target of criminals and cowards who seek to intimidate healthcare workers and deny women their constitutionally-protected rights. For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been a trusted provider of reproductive and preventative healthcare services for both women and men. These acts of vandalism and arson are just the latest examples of the extreme right’s attacks on women’s healthcare and cannot be tolerated. I will continue to work tirelessly to support and protect a woman’s right to choose, and I call on my colleagues in Congress, and leaders in our community, to denounce these deplorable actions.”
Congresswoman Lois Capps:
“Last night, an arsonist tried to burn down a Planned Parenthood clinic in Thousand Oaks. This is yet another attempt to intimidate Planned Parenthood personnel and to prevent women from gaining access to a trusted health care provider. I have every faith that local law enforcement officials will track these criminals down and bring them to justice. In the meantime, I hope all will know that this fear campaign will not work and our communities will not be intimidated by cowards who would burn down a health clinic in the middle of the night.”
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson:
“I deplore last night’s apparent arson attack on one of our local Planned Parenthood health clinics in Thousand Oaks. This will disrupt important and critical healthcare services to many residents in our community. Along with the harassment directed at Planned Parenthood nationwide, this is yet another attempt to undermine the reproductive rights and healthcare of all women and families. This shows that even in California, which has long been a leader on these issues, we must continue to protect women’s access to the healthcare they need.”
State Senator Fran Pavley:
“I am shocked and ashamed to learn of the criminal arson attack Wednesday night at a Planned Parenthood facility in Thousand Oaks. Planned Parenthood provides low-cost health care services to 2.7 million men and women in the U.S. every year and more than 800,000 Californians.”
State Senator pro Tem Kevin de León:
“This dangerous smear campaign has to stop. The arson attack on Planned Parenthood facility in Thousand Oaks last night is what this kind of rhetoric inspires. These arsonists must immediately be apprehended and punished under the law.”
Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin:
“I am appalled at this violent act in our community. In our country disagreements should be discussed in a civil manner. This type of violence and destruction hurts the entire community, but it especially hurts those who count on Planned Parenthood for their health care services. I'm glad no one was hurt."