Left: Dr. Giovannina Anthony, second from left, an OB/GYN and plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging Wyoming’s new law banning most abortions, hugs her attorney after Ninth District Court Judge Melissa Owens issued a temporary halt of the law, Wednesday, March 22, 2023, in Jackson, Wyo. (Kathryn Ziesig/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP). Right: Images of the suspect who allegedly set fire to the Wellspring Health Access Clinic on May 25, 2022 in Casper, Wyoming (via Casper Police Dept.).

A 22-year-old woman accused of setting fire to Wyoming’s only full-service abortion clinic was arrested just hours before a judge blocked enforcement of the state’s newly-enacted near-total abortion ban.

Lorna Roxanne Green, 22, was arrested on Tuesday by Casper police, FBI agents, and agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Justice Department announced. According to surveillance video and witness accounts, a person was seen breaking a window at the Wellspring Health Access Clinic in Casper on May 25, 2022. They then allegedly poured gas from a red plastic pitcher into the facility and left as smoke appeared to emanate from the building.

The clinic, which was scheduled to open in June of 2022, intended to offer OB/GYN care, gender-affirming care, and abortion procedures. According to local media reports and as indicated on Wellspring’s website, the Wyoming clinic has not yet opened.

Green’s arrest came as the result of a $10,000 reward funded by an anonymous donor, the Justice Department says.

“This case demonstrates how valuable tips are from the community,” said United States Attorney Nicholas Vassallo in a statement, adding that tips from the public were “instrumental” in identifying and arresting Green.

If Green is convicted, she faces a minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison.

Hours after multiple law enforcement agencies descended on Green, Judge Melissa Owens of Teton County District Court conducted an emergency hearing to examine Wyoming’s restrictive abortion law in a case brought by one of Wellspring Health Access Clinic’s doctors.

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