Colorado police and the FBI are investigating a fire at a pregnancy center early Saturday morning after finding threatening graffiti and messages scrawled on the building in the Denver area.
The fire started at Life Choices in the town of Longmont around 3:17 a.m., police wrote in a Facebook post. The facility “sustained damage from fire and heavy smoke”, but no injuries were reported.
The fire came hours after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 precedent that established abortion as a constitutional right. The 5-4 decision means that states will now decide whether they want to ban or limit abortions, and about half of the states have already done so or will limit it further in the near future.
Photos submitted by Longmont Public Safety showed the pregnancy center had been vandalized with black paint in several areas.
A message on the side of the building read: “if abortions are not safe neither are you”, while another written on the sidewalk read: “BAN OUR BODIES”.
Longmont is about half an hour from Denver, which saw thousands of abortion-rights protesters march through the city over the weekend to protest the Supreme Court’s ruling.
In April, Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) signed a bill guaranteeing abortion access, setting the stage for the state to become an abortion haven, with most clinics in abortion in the Midwest soon to stop offering the procedure.
In a statement Friday, Polis said “Coloradons don’t want politicians to make their health decisions.”
“The people of Colorado need not worry because our rights are still protected today despite the sad reality that the United States Supreme Court has just taken away those freedoms for millions of Americans in other states. “, added the governor. “In Colorado, we will continue to choose freedom and oppose government control over our bodies.”
–Updated at 8:22 a.m.