CompassCare facilities have remained on high alert due to recent violence at pregnancy centers across the country.
A pro-life pregnancy center in upstate New York suffered extensive damage in a fire and was defaced with pro-abortion graffiti on Tuesday morning.
The center, CompassCare, located in Amherst, New York, a suburb of Buffalo, job photos on her Facebook page showing the building’s windows shattered, a burnt and heavily damaged office, and the words “Jane was here” spray-painted on the side of the building.
Variations of this message have been featured in some of the recent attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers and churches since a draft notice leaked to the media last month said the U.S. Supreme Court was set to overturn Roe vs. Wadethe 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Jim Harden, CEO of CompassCare, told CNA that repairing the building will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and take several months. The center accepts donations here.
Police are investigating the incident as possible arson. Two firefighters who responded to the scene were treated for minor injuries, Amherst police said.
Calling the damage done to the clinic a “heinous crime,” Harden said his team’s morale was high.
“God’s people will not let CompassCare remain homeless,” he said. “It’s their ministry.”
He said CompassCare facilities remained on high alert due to the recent violence at pregnancy centers across the country. He said the Amherst clinic planned to install armored glass windows on Tuesday morning.
“It’s a bad thing that happened, but God is in charge of turning things around and making them good.”
Harden said the graffiti is an apparent reference to the name of a pro-abortion activist group called Jane’s Revenge.
The daily signal reported that Jane’s Revenge takes its name from a 1960s activist group, Jane Collective. NPR reported that the group aimed to provide abortions to women when it was still illegal.
In an article published on Puget Sound Anarchists, Jane’s Revenge Bo Brown Memorial Cell claimed responsibility for the May 22, vandalism with spray paint in a parish in the Archdiocese of Seattle, as well as attacks on three non-Catholic churches.
On a website called anarchistfederation.net, a Publish calling for venting anger “in the world and physically expressing it” was signed by “Jane’s Revenge.”
The post, titled “Jane’s Revenge – Night of Rage”, also calls on people to “come out after dark” and “let your anger known” on the night of the final decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Mississippi abortion case has the potential to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
“To those who work to oppress us: If abortion isn’t safe, neither are you,” the message read. “We are everywhere.”
The words “Jane was here”, “Jane says revenge” or “Jane’s revenge” have was recently left at the scene multiple vandalisms of pregnancy resource centers.
On June 3, the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center in Washington DC was vandalized with red paint and spray paint that read “Jane says revenge”.
In the early hours of May 25, the Next Step Pregnancy Center in Lynnwood, Wash., was spray-painted with graffiti reading “Jane’s Revenge” and “If abortions aren’t safe, you aren’t.” no more.” At least five of its windows were broken.
In Maryland, the Alpha Pregnancy Center in Reisterstown, northwest of Baltimore, was defaced with spray-painted threats on May 14, including “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you,” “Not a clinic” and “You are anti-choice not pro-life.” These posts were signed as “Jane’s Revenge”.
On May 8, the Wisconsin Family Action headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin was burned down and graffiti was left on the building saying, “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you. The next day, Oregon Right to Life reported that Molotov cocktails were thrown at the organization’s offices in Keizer on May 8, starting a small fire. The fire was quickly brought under control and no one was injured.
Between May 7 and May 8, two women’s resource centers, Woman to Woman Resource Center and Loreto House, have been vandalized in Denton, Texas, near Dallas.