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Pro-life pregnancy clinics still being targeted by violence, 3 months after Supreme Court leak


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Pro-life pregnancy clinics are still being targeted by violence three months after the infamous Supreme Court leak revealed the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Police in Minnesota are looking for the vandals responsible for smashing windows and spray-painting in red, “if abortion isn’t safe, neither are you,” at Abria Pregnancy Resources in St. Paul late Sunday or early Monday, a local ABC affiliate reported.

The clinic’s director, Angela Franey, previously spoke out in support of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the federal right to an abortion, which was ultimately handed down in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24, nearly eight weeks after a draft opinion of the decision leaked to the press.

The clinic remained closed on Monday as staff cleaned up the damage but reopened as usual on Tuesday.

“It’s safe now and no one was hurt,” Franey told The Catholic Spirit, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. “Our goal is to make things safe and secure again, to pick up the pieces, to meet the challenge face to face and continue to overcome these things with good, because that’s what we do.”

The incident followed acts of vandalism against three other pro-life clinics in St. Paul, Minneapolis and Northfield in recent weeks. The Northfield Women’s Clinic, about 40 miles south of the Twin Cities, was vandalized last week with its front window smashed and the words, “Fake Clinic Not Safe,” spray-painted on the building.

The center’s director, Teresa Edwards, told the Northfield News, “It has been a sad week.”

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“Ever since the overturn of Roe, we have been getting suspicious calls and emails,” she said. “What’s especially sad is that we offer so many pregnancy resource services to the community.”

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The vandalism in Minnesota makes up only a fraction of the attacks on crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) across the country since the May Supreme Court leak. Within a week of the leak, at least five CPCs were attacked and dozens more have been targeted since then. Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America issued a study in June reporting more than 40 “incidents of violence, vandalism and intimidation” since the leak.

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Progressive politicians, such as Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, have also verbally attacked CPCs. Last month, Warren accused the clinics of “torturing” pregnant women seeking abortion information and called on the federal government to “shut them down all around the country.”

“In Massachusetts right now, those crisis pregnancy centers that are there to fool people who are looking for pregnancy termination help outnumber true abortion clinics by three to one,” Warren told NBC 10 Boston.

Democrats like Warren say crisis pregnancy centers, or CPCs, disseminate misinformation about the risks associated with abortion in an effort to persuade women to give birth. She introduced the Stop Anti-Abortion Disinformation Act in June, which would direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules “prohibiting disinformation” in the advertising of abortion services.

CPCs are typically faith-based and offer reproductive health care, prenatal care and counseling to help expecting parents choose life over abortion. Most centers offer free STI testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, prenatal vitamins, ultrasounds, post-abortion care, parenting classes, adoption referrals, and even free baby clothes and diapers once the baby is born. The centers receive funding primarily through private donations and grants from religious organizations, but many states also allocate public money to the centers via programs like “Choose Life” license plates, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute…. (Read more)

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