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Pro-Abortion Activists Vandalize Pregnancy Centers in Oregon and Maryland That Encourage Women to Keep Their Babies

Pro-Abortion Activists Vandalize Pregnancy Centers in Oregon and Maryland That Encourage Women to Keep Their Babies

Pro-abortion activists in Oregon and Maryland have vandalized at least two Crisis Pregnancy Centers, which aim to help and support pregnant women while providing them with information on options other than abortion.

CareNet of Frederick in Maryland was vandalized on Tuesday, following the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Two days later, the windows were smashed at First Image's Southeast Portland Pregnancy Resource Center in Oregon.

The pregnancy resource center in Portland had all of their windows smashed on one side of the building and anti-CPC messaging spray painted on the walls.

"The incident happened overnight, and nobody was hurt. We have an incredibly resilient staff. Nonetheless, it is deeply unsettling and puts everybody at all of our locations a bit on edge," Luke Cirillo of First Image wrote in a post about the incident on the ministry’s website. "The leak from the Supreme Court this week has clearly turned up the temperature. We knew this would be the case, and that Portland could be a particularly volatile place to be during this significant moment in our culture."

Cirillo added that, "because of the nature of the crime, it is a federal offense, and we are working with the local police and FBI in whatever way we can."

Prior to the vandalism, an Antifa activist using the name "William Gillis" had posted locations of Crisis Pregnancy Centers on Twitter.

Pro-abortion activists claim that the crisis pregnancy centers "trick" women into not aborting their babies because their physicians do not offer the procedure.

LifeNews reports that "a second pregnancy center, CareNet of Frederick in Maryland, also was vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti Tuesday, a spokesperson for the organization told LifeNews. Photos posted on Twitter by an unknown person show graffiti spray-painted all over the front of the building, including, 'Not real clinic' and 'End forced motherhood.'"

CareNet provided Timcast with photos of the damage, including graffiti urging people to go to "PP INSTEAD," meaning Planned Parenthood.

Linda King, Executive Director of CareNet in Frederick, told Timcast that the vandals had spray painted "not real clinic" in red on their door, "end forced motherhood" next to that and "abortion is a human right." She added that there was an "A" in a circle, which is commonly meant to refer to "anarchy" and used by Antifa and their supporters.

"This is actually the third time we've been vandalized. The other two times were in 2014. The first time a brick was thrown through our door, shattered our glass door, and graffiti. The second time was just the graffiti. But in all three of these cases, this symbol has appeared. So unfortunately, this one was out front. So it was very visible to the community," King, who has been with the center for 27 years, said.

King continued, "So we immediately called the police, the police came in, took their report. Then we contacted a donor who also owns a construction company. They came out probably about lunchtime. So by the end of the day, the graffiti, the vandalism was cleared out and are repainted. So we were thankful for that."

Despite the vandalism, King said that the clinic remained open that day.

"We didn't shut down. We continued our services. But it was pretty, you know, it's unnerving to see that kind of vandalism, those kinds of statements. And we are a clinic, a real clinic. So to have the lie posted on our door was, you know, it's disturbing," King said. "I do think that our climate is volatile right now. And unfortunately, we're seeing that here in our little local center. You know, this kind of vandalism, violence is -- our community deserves better than this, our center, our clients. So, I don't feel like that we are going to be unsafe in our services that we offer in our day to day routine. But we are going to be vigilant in making sure that we are aware of our surroundings, we are taking precautions to make sure that we are safe and that our clients are safe."

In Texas, a pregnancy crisis center was also protested by pro-abortion activists on Tuesday.

The Federalist writer Sara S. Onge tweeted that pro-abortion activists were doxing people who work at the center.

"Activists in Tx are currently vandalizing PRCs, & beginning to doxx volunteers/workers who help women facing difficult circumstances," Onge wrote. "Remember these efforts to remove aid options for women when they complain about ProLife people only caring about babies until they’re born."

On Monday evening, a 98-page draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade leaked and was published by Politico.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start” and “we hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.”

"It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives," the draft, titled "Opinion of the Court" continued.

In a press release about the leak, Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, wrote, "let's be clear: Abortion is legal. It is still your right."

“This leaked opinion is horrifying and unprecedented, and it confirms our worst fears: that the Supreme Court is prepared to end the constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade," McGill continued. "While we have seen the writing on the wall for decades, it is no less devastating, and comes just as anti-abortion rights groups unveil their ultimate plan to ban abortion nationwide. Understand that Planned Parenthood and our partners have been preparing for every possible outcome in this case and are built for the fight. Planned Parenthood health centers remain open, abortion is currently still legal, and we will continue to fight like hell to protect the right to access safe, legal abortion.”

The press release added that, "though the decision is not yet final and abortion remains legal, if this decision issues, 26 states are poised to move quickly to ban abortion, leaving more than 36 million women of reproductive age — and other people who can become pregnant — without abortion access."

Roe v. Wade remains in place until the opinion is signed. Votes and drafts may change up until that point.

If it is overturned, laws regarding abortion will be left for individual states to decide.

This story has been updated with photos of the damage at CareNet and comments from the executive director.

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