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A vandal attacked a Seattle-area crisis pregnancy center, smashing windows and tagging it with an abortion-related threat early Wednesday morning, footage from the center shows.
“It appears that a person that we could see on the video came and took it upon themselves to throw rocks and break five of our front windows,” Heather Vasquez, director of the Next Step Pregnancy Center in Lynnwood, Washington, told Jason Rantz. on her radio show. “And then he spray-painted the entire front door and the front hallway and in the back hallway on the wall.”
The message in red paint reads: “If abortion isn’t safe, neither are you,” a slogan used by some pro-choice activists.
“On the back, they wrote Jane’s Revenge,” Vasquez added. “I think they meant Jane Roe, probably.”
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A group called “Jane’s Revenge” claimed credit for an arson attack on pro-life group Wisconsin Family Action earlier this month. The vandals in that attack had tagged the target with a similar message: “If abortions aren’t safe, then neither are you.”
The center remained open and continued its work despite the damage. Lynnwood police have opened a case into the incident.
“I think we were targeted because a lot of people, including maybe that person, are very misinformed and misinformed about what really goes on in a pregnancy resource clinic,” Vasquez said. “I think there’s a lot of misconceptions about what’s really going on here. But none of them want to come and, you know, be with us and see what’s going on day to day.”
Vásquez estimated the damage to be approximately $5,000.
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“If they’re really pro-abortion, I don’t understand why they care about what we’re doing,” Vasquez said of the vandal. “If a woman chooses to come here and get our help, she’s made up her mind. So why can’t she go where she wants to go?”
According to the center’s website, Next Step offers free pregnancy tests, diagnostic ultrasounds and information about options. Next Step is a licensed and qualified medical pregnancy clinic.
Critics of the pro-life movement often claim that opponents of abortion do not care about the well-being of women or children, once they are born. However, crisis pregnancy centers have proliferated across the country, as churches and other pro-life advocates seek to help women facing crisis pregnancies and help them after the birth of their children.
The vandalism comes a few weeks after the unprecedented leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade (1973), sparking protests by pro-choice activists in Washington, DC, and across the country. The activists attacked the houses of the judges of the Supreme Court to protest, and led roman catholic churches for protests on Mother’s Day.
vandals too pointed to a church in Boulder, Colorado, earlier this month, they spray-painted “bans on our bodies” and “my body, my choice” on the building.
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Vandals attacked four churches in Olympia, Washington on Sunday, May 22, with messages similar to those of Next Step.
“We splattered red paint over doorways and left messages of ‘If abortions aren’t safe, then neither are you,’ ‘Abort the church,’ and ‘God loves abortion,'” a group calling itself Jane’s Revenge, BoBrown”. Memorial Cell,” he wrote in a post on the Puget Sound Anarchists. “We’re not calling on state power to end patriarchal violence, but instead threatening, ‘If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you.'”
The group claims it vandalized a Mormon church, two evangelical churches and a Catholic church.
Cean Williard, executive pastor of Harbor Church, one of the four vandalized churches, confirmed the attack to The Washington Free Beacon, saying that while parish leaders were “saddened that any group would choose to communicate through intimidation, vandalism or threats of violence.” , the “attack has not altered [their] solve.”
Jane’s Revenge said it targeted churches because “these churches are terrified of people exercising bodily autonomy, whether it’s aborting unwanted pregnancies or taking hormones/gender-affirming surgery or fucking whoever we want, because they need the rigid hierarchy of the family”. as the basic control unit. The group described the churches as “patriarchal sexual abuse cults.”
The post claiming to have vandalized the church also referred to a crisis pregnancy center as a “fake anti-abortion clinic” and listed the center’s financial backers. “Each of these businesses must be held responsible for the violence of forced childbirth,” wrote Jane’s Revenge.
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If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade will allow states to make their own abortion laws. The state of Washington legalized abortion in 1970, so the court’s ruling would not affect abortion in that state.