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A Christian faith-based pregnancy center in North Carolina recently vandalized by a radical pro-abortion group has claimed its organization “will not live in fear” in the face of continuing threats.
“We don’t force [pregnant women] in any choice or decision,” said Kristi Brown, executive director of Mountain Area Pregnancy Services (MAPS) in Asheville, North Carolina. “So for us to be attacked because we are seen as limiting choice, they don’t even understand what we are doing in this building. That’s the crazy part about it.”
MAPS was among several crisis pregnancy centers nationwide damaged earlier this month by acts of arson or vandalism, later claimed by the radical pro-abortion group dubbed Jane’s Revenge. The group has declared an “open season” on these pro-life establishments since the leaked Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which suggested the Supreme Court was about to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Police, at the time, said they found smashed windows and splattered red paint along the building in West Asheville. Accompanied by an anarchist symbol, graffiti demanded “no forced deliveries” and warned: “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you!” The message was scrawled in red on the side of the building and on the sidewalk in front.
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Police also said a forensic team found blood on one of the shattered windows, suggesting the vandal may have been injured.
“It was disheartening to drive onto the property the day it happened and see the vandalism,” Brown said, noting how the destruction was “visually alarming for sure.”
“But we don’t live in fear,” she continued. “We continue to serve customers and do what we do best. We’re smart, that’s for sure. We’re aware of our surroundings, which is why we have that extra security in place right now. We’re so smart about the future steps, but we’re not going to live in fear because of it.”
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Brown explained how her organization still doesn’t know if those who vandalized their property were local or out of town. Still, she noted how in their June 14 statement claiming responsibility, Jane’s Revenge said they had groups everywhere.
“You’ve seen that we are real, and that we don’t just utter empty words. As we said: we are not one group but many,” Jane’s Revenge wrote in the letter, which first was released to subscribers via email as an “Abolition” Media blog post. The group also called for a “Night of Rage” beginning at 8 p.m., regardless of when Dobbs’ decision is made.
The group appealed to anyone “with the urge to paint, burn, cut, blur” to commit acts of violence.
Explaining how MAPS is “a Christ-centered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization” based on biblical principles, Brown said she and her organization view the increasing vandalism of pro-life establishments as a ” true spiritual warfare”.
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“I defined what happened to our building as pure evil, that’s how I define it,” she said. “And it’s definitely spiritual warfare. Because the irony in all of this is that pregnancy centers are being attacked because we’re seen as anti-choice, anti-abortion. And yes, we’re life affirming and do not refer to abortion, but every woman who sees us and whom we serve has full choice of what she wants to do.”
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As the impending Supreme Court ruling looms, Brown’s organization is taking additional steps to prevent another attack on its facilities. The group underwent two safety assessments last week to determine what it is doing well and how it can improve. She said their existing camera and alarm system may need an overhaul, and they are also taking steps to make it harder for their windows to break.
They are also taking steps to strengthen their cybersecurity and have considered hiring private security services. However, off-duty officers from the Asheville Police Department (APD) have been patrolling their property lately. An APD spokesperson told Fox News Digital that their investigation into the incident remains active, but they have no updates.
“I said to someone last week, I don’t think a pregnancy center in America right now is safe,” Brown said. “You never think it’s going to happen to you and, you know, it’s happened to us. I think the longer we wait for the Supreme Court decision, I think it’s not helping the situation because everyone is anxious to know how they will rule.”
“We hope and pray that we will not be attacked again in any capacity,” she added.
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There have been at least 40 known cases of pro-lifers targeted with violence, vandalism and harassment since the draft notice leaked on May 2, according to a recent report by Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.
Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.