Lorna Roxanne Green, a 22-year-old woman, has been sentenced to five years in prison and three years probation for setting fire to Wellspring Health Access, Wyoming’s first full-service abortion clinic. The arson attack, which occurred in 2022, caused significant damage to the building and delayed the clinic’s opening by almost a year.
During the sentencing, U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson revealed new details about Green’s troubled childhood, characterized by emotional and physical abuse from her parents. Green’s upbringing, marked by expectations of playing a “supporting role” in her own life in deference to a future husband, contributed to her strong emotions about the clinic.
Green, who acted alone according to her attorney, accepted responsibility for her actions and expressed remorse. She claimed that her opposition to abortion and anxiety about the clinic led her to commit the crime. However, Judge Johnson emphasized that her opinions did not justify the terror caused by the arson attack.
In addition to the prison sentence, Green will be required to pay substantial restitution, which is yet to be determined but expected to exceed $280,000. The mandatory minimum sentence was agreed upon by both prosecutors and Green’s attorney.
The arson attack on Wellspring Health Access is one of many incidents targeting abortion clinics in the United States since the 1970s. Julie Burkhart, the founder and president of Wellspring, expressed sympathy for Green’s situation but emphasized the gravity of her crime.
The clinic, which opened in April, provides surgical and pill abortions, making it the first of its kind in Wyoming in at least a decade. The state has faced legal challenges to recent laws seeking to ban abortion, with a judge currently allowing abortion to remain legal while the lawsuit proceeds.
The sentencing hearing drew support from approximately 20 individuals, but Green’s family declined to comment on the allegations of abuse. Judge Johnson recommended that Green seek treatment for her mental health conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and depression.