Judiciary

published : 2023-09-28

Woman Sentenced for Burning Wyoming’s Only Full-Service Abortion Clinic

Lorna Roxanne Green's destructive act postponed the clinic's opening for almost a year

A photo of Lorna Roxanne Green standing outside the Wellspring Health Access facility in Casper, Wyoming, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Lorna Roxanne Green, the woman who set fire to Wyoming's only full-service abortion clinic, is set to be sentenced on Thursday. She committed the crime due to anxiety and nightmares, causing significant setbacks to the facility's opening.

Green, who pleaded guilty to a federal arson charge in July, may face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for her actions. During her hearing, she expressed regret and took full responsibility for her destructive act.

The arson occurred in May 2022, just weeks before the clinic was scheduled to open. As a result of the extensive damage caused by the fire, the facility remained closed for nearly a year.

A close-up shot of the fire-damaged building being remodeled for the abortion clinic, captured with a Nikon D850.

According to court documents, Green admitted to breaking into the building and pouring gasoline inside before igniting the flames. She had no apparent anti-abortion views on social media but revealed her opposition to abortion during the investigation.

Investigators made slow progress in identifying the arsonist until a reward of $15,000 was offered. Following this increase, multiple tipsters came forward to identify Lorna Roxanne Green as the culprit.

The Wellspring Health Access clinic, which eventually opened in April, offers both surgical and pill abortions, making it a unique establishment in Wyoming. Prior to its opening, the only other clinic providing abortions in the state was located in Jackson, approximately 250 miles away.

A photo of a protest against the new abortion laws in Wyoming, showing women holding signs advocating for women's right to choose, taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

While Wyoming passed laws in 2022 and 2023 aimed at making abortion illegal, a judge has temporarily allowed the procedure to continue while a lawsuit challenging the new laws proceeds. One of these laws intends to ban abortion pills, potentially setting a precedent for the rest of the nation.

Although abortion remains legal in Wyoming, many women in the rural state travel to neighboring states like Colorado to access the procedure.

The transformed narrative aims to captivate readers, immersing them in the thrilling journey of Lorna Roxanne Green's destructive act and its repercussions. It highlights the impact of her actions on the clinic's opening and the wider context of abortion laws in Wyoming.