Domestic Terrorism: Anti-abortion Christian extremist rams stolen bakery truck into Planned Parenthood clinic, injuring three.
In a deliberate act of domestic terrorism, Marckles Alcius, 31, crashed a stolen bakery truck into a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey last week, hurting three people – including a pregnant woman.
Daily News reports:
Marckles Alcius, 31, pleaded not guilty Friday after officials at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said he crashed into the East Orange clinic’s waiting room deliberately Wednesday.
He has been charged with aggravated assault, theft and attempt to cause widespread injury and damage.
The crash sent two patients and a staff member in the wrecked lobby to a local hospital for minor injuries. The wounded have since been released.
Alcius, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was charged with attempting to cause widespread injury or damage, six counts of aggravated assault, theft and weapons offenses in the Wednesday incident at the health clinic, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
While investigators have yet to comment on Alcius’s motive, his social media posts leave little doubt that his terrorist actions against the Planned Parenthood clinic were motivated by anti-abortion Christian extremism.
Writing for Friendly Atheist, David McAffee reports:
The attacker shared an article from anti-abortion group Live Action in July of last year.
Live Action is at once both a notorious and nefarious haven for deplorable, anti-abortion, Christian extremists.
McAffee also notes that Twitter users were quick to point out Alcius’s connection with anti-abortion Christian extremism. For example:
And here’s a “Marckles Alcius” posting anti-choice post by Alveda King to Planned Parenthood’s Facebook last year pic.twitter.com/7ITb0fmA6l— Tara Murtha (@taramurtha) February 17, 2018
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy expressed his anger over the terrorist attack against Planned Parenthood via Twitter:
Angered by this week’s truck attack against a @PPFA clinic in East Orange. At a time when women’s health care is under siege, we must protect and defend safe and affordable health care access for all. https://t.co/Ef9YEfjfXs
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) February 17, 2018
Angered by this week’s truck attack against a @PPFA clinic in East Orange. At a time when women’s health care is under siege, we must protect and defend safe and affordable health care access for all.
Bottom line: In an act of domestic terrorism an anti-abortion Christian extremist rammed a stolen bakery truck into a New Jersey Planned Parenthood clinic, injuring a pregnant woman and two other people.
Prosecutors are asking that Alcius be held without bond until trial.