Western NY anti-abortion pregnancy center reopening 2 months after suspected arson

Less than two months after a suspected arson forced CompassCare's Amherst-based location to close

the health center hopes to resume inpatient services this week.

CEO Rev. Jim Harden said the nonprofit has spent $250,000 in repairs, is in the midst of a $265,000 expansion and has added $150,000 in security.

"Our security has been amped up beyond what I even knew was possible," Harden said. "There are elements of security that we now have that I didn't know existed six weeks ago."

Regional executive Michael Bonning said CompassCare provides basic health care for women dealing with unplanned pregnancies while at the same time advocating for those women not to have an abortion.

"Many don't realize all the resources there are,” Bonning said. “Material assistance. Financial assistance.

Housing. Whatever it is to provide that for her to remove fear and transform that to confidence so when she walks out this door that she has hope and confidence that she can carry her child to term.”

The organization believes the fire was an act of political violence. A militant pro-abortion rights group called Jane's Revenge appears to have claimed responsibility.

Harden said Amherst police are still following leads with the assistance of federal resources.

"We are very frustrated with how long it's taking,” he said. “We're on Day 55 and we're going to start counting

Three Republican politicians were at Monday's groundbreaking; Williamsville Mayor Deb Rogers, State Sen. George Borrello, and Rep. Claudia Tenney.

None represent the area where the facility is located.