The FBI office in Charlotte is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who can lead them to the person responsible for throwing the Molotov cocktail at the Lincolnton Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Around 2:20 a.m. on June 25, Lincolnton police received a 911 call regarding a fire at the center, the FBI said in a release Thursday.
Surveillance video shared by the FBI shows a person throwing a lit Molotov cocktail at the building, officials said. The fire caused minor damage to the building.
The FBI is offering the reward “as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of a series of attacks and threats targeting reproductive health service facilities nationwide.”
The crime carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, according to the FBI.
Another emergency pregnancy center in Asheville, Mountain Area Pregnancy Services, was destroyed in June, The Asheville Citizen Times reported.
If you have information, call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), contact your local FBI office, or submit tips online at tips.fbi.gov. please.
What is a crisis pregnancy center?
Emergency Pregnancy Centers are not abortion clinics and most are against abortion.
The Lincolnton Center says on its website:
The center offers pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting and abortion classes.
“A 2012 academic study of critical pregnancy centers in North Carolina found that 86% of centers studied provided false or misleading information about abortion,” News and Observer previously reported. reported to
These centers are not regulated like other medical facilities and are mostly run by volunteers who are not medical professionals, NC Health News previously reported.
According to the NC Budget and Tax Center, the North Carolina legislature recently passed an increase in state funding for these centers, bringing the total funding to about $19 million from 2021 to 2023.