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Wyoming woman accused of setting fire to state's only full-service abortion clinic entering plea

A 22-year-old college student accused of setting fire to a full-service abortion clinic in Wyoming is expected to enter a plea to an arson charge in federal court on Friday.

Lorna Roxanne Green, 22, allegedly told investigators that she decided to burn the Wellspring Health Access clinic in Casper, Wyoming, weeks before its grand opening last year because she opposes abortion, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press. 

The woman also reportedly said she was experiencing anxiety and having nightmares over the clinic’s pending opening, which was originally set for June 12, 2022, prior to damage from the fire.

Green was arrested on March 23, almost ten months after the fire on May 25, 2022. At the time of her arrest, the Department of Justice said she is believed to be the suspect caught on camera breaking into the facility with a gasoline can before setting it on fire.

She faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. Green’s attorney, Ryan Semerad, said he looks forward to defending her in court.

Lorna Roxanne Green mugshot

Lorna Roxanne Green, 22, allegedly admitted to setting Wyoming’s only full-service abortion clinic on fire weeks before its grand opening. (Platte County Sheriff’s Office via AP)


The clinic, which opened a few weeks ago on April 20, offers medicated and surgical abortions, various birth controls, HIV/AIDS care and treatment, and other women’s healthcare and family planning services.

The ban, absent of court intervention, is set to take effect July 1.

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