Pro-life pregnancy centers across the country say they are being vandalized and firebombed by far-left activist groups, and that federal authorities are not doing enough to prevent such attacks.
“I wish the FBI would say that these attacks on religious organizations are hate crimes,” Randy Bollig said in an interview. “I think there needs to be an example made, and rapid prosecution.”
Bollig is the executive director of Loreto House, a religious pregnancy center in Texas which provides free services to women seeking alternatives to abortion. Last month, Loreto House was vandalized by protesters who spray-painted “forced birth is muder” and “not a clinic” on the front of the building.
According to Bollig, the cost of replacing the brick surrounding the center’s front entrance was over $2,500, making the attack a class A felony.
Other pro-life organizations have suffered similar attacks in the month and a half since the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicating that Roe v. Wade was set to be overturned.
Less than two weeks ago, a pregnancy center in Buffalo, New York was firebombed and vandalized by pro-abortion activists. The attack on CompassCare, the targeted center, led to shattered glass and a fire which damaged equipment and office supplies inside the building.
Jane’s Revenge, a far-left group responsible for similar attacks, later claimed responsibility for the firebombing.
In response, pro-life organizations across the country have called on the Department of Justice and the FBI to do more to protect against violent pro-abortion extremists. In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, 25 pro-life leaders denounced the Biden administration’s lack of action.
“The relative silence from the Administration endangers Americans even more,” the letter read. “One extremist group is advocating for violence in response to the final Supreme Court decision on Dobbs.”
Some Republican lawmakers have also called out the Justice Department for not properly addressing the threat of violence. In an interview with Fox News, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said the attacks on pregnancy centers are federal offenses, and should be prosecuted as such.
“They are breaking the law,” Blackburn said. “And the fact that the DOJ has not stepped forward, the fact that Nancy Pelosi and the House took a month to look at providing extra security for the justices and their families, this is unconscionable.”