God Makes Good From Evil Pregnancy Center Attacks – Communities Step Up

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What good could possibly come from the ongoing pro-abortion attacks on life-saving pregnancy clinics?

It may be hard to imagine, but often the response to hate, vandalism, bombings, spray painting, glass breaking and misrepresentation about pregnancy centers in recent month had a positive element.

Pregnancy Help News contacted some centers targeted by these attacks to find out what response they saw from their local communities.

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What happened was nothing short of inspiring as communities across the United States came out in support of pregnancy help centers.

In Asheville, North Carolina, Mountain Area Pregnancy Services were attacked on June 7. The phone kept ringing with offers of help over the next few weeks.

“Since the morning of the attack, our center has received hundreds of phone calls from individuals, churches and businesses asking if we need help cleaning up,” said Kristi Brown, executive director.

“On the day of the attack, we sent an email asking if anyone wanted to join a 9 a.m. Wednesday prayer time in our parking lot,” Brown said. “This event turned out to be standing room only. So many people prayed with us and the more of us that day, it was powerful.

Screenshot from Fox News Channel

Brown said that because the story was covered on national news, they received an outpouring of financial support from across the United States. Some people gave online, others sent checks, and some churches brought checks.

“Some called saying, ‘I heard about your attack, it’s driving me crazy, what do you need? “Brown said. “We advised people to send money because we knew we were going to have to make massive upgrades to our security system.”

A small religious group came to trim the bushes for security reasons.

“Some people stopped to pray at our facilities, bring flowers or drop off lunch for our team, Brown said. “Security experts have offered to help. We had two men come in and do a pressure wash to clean up the graffiti. We had uncommitted former donors who re-engaged us because of the attack.”

Mountain Region Pregnancy Services

Some of the donations went to initial cleanup work by a restoration company. The new Mountain View system will include different types of cameras, glass break detectors, strobe lights, internal and external alarms. They also added additional websites and security protocols.

“We received over 300 donations attributed to the attack,” Brown added, | coming from all over the country.

“We have seen churches that were only on our mailing list before the attack give financially and ask us to come and speak,” she said. “And best of all, we gained five new volunteers because of it!”

CompassCare Pregnancy Services

In Buffalo, New York, pro-abortion terrorists burned down the medical office of CompassCare Pregnancy Services at 2:30 a.m. on June 7. They set fire to the office and scrawled “Jane was here” on the outside wall.

Damage to the pregnancy center was catastrophic, with extensive smoke and fire damage to the entire structure. The building was rendered unsanitary and unusable. The group calling itself “Jane’s Revenge” claimed responsibility, swearing more destruction and violence.

CompassCare Pregnancy Services

Even with one building destroyed, CompassCare continued to serve patients the same day and managed to be operational in another location the following day.

Extensive renovations to the medical practice began immediately, with an incredible goal of reopening 52 days later on July 29. During the first week of the rebuilding process, about 90 volunteers showed up to salvage what we could from the wreckage and begin the renovations.

“The church’s outpouring of generosity has been humbling,” said CompassCare CEO Jim Harden. “Not a single patient was turned away, and the day after the firebombing three alternate locations were offered to CompassCare for a temporary location from which to serve patients.”

CompassCare is taking the opportunity to rebuild to expand its office space, to serve more patients coming to New York for abortions, helping them have their babies. The estimated cost of repairs, cleaning, replacement of furniture and equipment, and reconstruction is $285,000.

Interestingly, despite all that was lost in the fire, the ultrasound machines only need a thorough cleaning to be restored to full working order.

CompassCare was to host a grand reopening party at the end of July.

The office of the pro-life group Wisconsin Family Action in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, was attacked in early May. The office was set on fire in one of the first attacks after the Supreme Court Dobbs decision.

Wisconsin Family Action

Dave Yanke, president of a Catholic men’s organization in Madison, Men of Christ, sent an email urging members of the group to take action.

Yankee Told CatholicVote that, “The Women’s Care Center, located directly across from Planned Parenthood is an obvious potential target.”

About 60 members of the men’s group have come forward, each pledging to protect the pregnancy center by staying “inside the care center overnight to discourage vandalism and sabotage” once a month. The men take turns to guard the center in pairs.

“The guys on my team are really taking this seriously,” Yanke said. “There are monitors from cameras that point outwards. While one sleeps, the other watches the monitors.”

“There have been times when cars have come into the parking lot and the guys have to make a quick decision on what to do,” he said, “Keep watching, call the police or turn on and turn off the lights and look out the window to make their presence known.”

“So far, there have been no incidents,” Yanke said. “And that’s exactly what we want.”

Yanke pointed to the disappointing lack of response from law enforcement, from the Justice Department down, as attacks on pro-life venues continue.

“Unfortunately, they’re not getting the protection they should under the law,” Yanke said.

The Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center in Lynchburg, Virginia was vandalized over the following weekend on June 24 Dobbs reversal Roe vs. Wade.

Staff at the center said ‘the response from the community to step in and help has been incredible’, according to a report of the local NBC affiliate.

First Image Pregnancy Resource Centers

Volunteers from the Hinson Memorial Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon, helped clean the exterior of the Hinson Church Annex Building where the administrative offices of the First Image Pregnancy Resource Centers are located was damaged by rioters end of June.

First image job on Instagram on June 28:

Our section of the building was barricaded just in time, so no windows were smashed. Unfortunately, in other parts of the building, a number of windows were broken. The entire building was heavily tagged, with our First Image side having suffered the most graffiti. We are very grateful that the damage was minimal. Thanks to a group of wonderful Hinson Church members, the graffiti has already been repainted.⁠

⁠Our office and centers are open today. The resilience and courage of our staff is inspiring. We continue in a spirit of hope and courage. Please join us in this same spirit.⁠

First Image Pregnancy Resource Centers

First Image’s Southeast Portland Pregnancy Resource Center had been vandalized May 5.

The center held its fun run and walk the following weekend and only closed for a day or two to clean up.

“We don’t want to miss a single hour to show compassion to every person who walks through our door,” said First Image CEO Luke Cirillo.

First Image Pregnancy Resource Centers

First Image’s Gresham, Oregon Pregnancy Help Center was set on fire June 11. The center is under reconstruction with an approximate cost of $250,000.

A ministry partner had opened for the center to operate in the meantime, and Cirillo said a July 13 update that “Giving in response to the fire has been incredibly encouraging.”

Cirillo added:

I am so thankful for the incredible outpouring of generosity that has occurred over this season. Although some hate what we are doing, the voices of support have been by far the strongest in the aftermath of these attacks, coming from all over the country.

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Heartbeat International Affiliate Services Director Beth Deimert praised the strong support pregnancy centers receive from their local communities.

“The support clinics and centers receive from supporters and their communities is a testament to the good work they do,” Deimert said.

Pregnancy centers are good for women and good for communities across America,” she said. “What they offer in free services is only surpassed by what they offer in support and education, empowering women to stand up for themselves. Pregnancy centers help women make life-affirming and life-changing decisions every day, empowering them and their families and the community they serve.”

Editor’s note: Heartbeat International manages Pregnancy Help News.

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