A 20-year-old man who was arrested Monday for bringing an explosive device into a Wichita, Kansas abortion clinic has turned out to be an abortion supporter seeking a job, Newsweek reports.
When the story first broke, various blogs including ThinkProgress, Occupy Democrats, and Little Green Footballs seized upon it as a probable instance of attempted anti-abortion violence. But according to South Winds Women’s Center founder Julie Burkhart, Moises Trevizo came to “talk with our canvas manager about a position canvassing.”
Upon searching Trevizo’s backpack, a security guard discovered a makeshift bomb consisting of fireworks material inside a pill bottle, leading to an evacuation of the building. He is being charged with unlawful possession of an explosive. Police Captain Doug Nolte told CNN that law enforcement did not believe Trevizo had any violent intent toward the abortion facility.
South Winds is housed in the same building where notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller worked prior to his murder in 2009, which the pro-life movement unanimously condemned.
In March, Live Action News covered another incident in which a pro-choice perpetrator was misidentified as pro-life: a Molotov cocktail thrown at pro-life activists outside an Austin, Texas Planned Parenthood. The suspect, Melanie Maria Toney, was charged with aggravated assault.