An anti-abortion activist’s Twitter post has raised questions about the veracity of her claim that male abortion rights activists were targeting so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs). These centers are often affiliated with religious groups that attempt to deter pregnant women to have an abortion.
“Pro-abortion antifa men are attacking and throwing punches at pregnancy centers in Portland, OR. Because it drives pro-abortion men into a violent rage to think that women will have support to choose life,” tweeted Lila Rose, founder of anti-abortion activist group LiveAction.
Rose’s tweet contained images of vandalism, including broken windows and scribbled graffiti reading “F-ck CPCs,” outside the building.
We contacted Portland Police to ask if such centers in Portland were being targeted in the manner Rose indicated.
Portland Police Bureau spokesperson Terri Wallo Strauss told Snopes in an email that police have a report matching the type of incident Rose tweeted about, but have not made any description public. people involved.
Just before 1 a.m. on May 5, 2022, a group of people vandalized a crisis pregnancy center in the 5100 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard, by Wallo Strauss. The group broke windows and scribbled graffiti. Police are asking the public for advice in the investigation.
As of this writing, Wallo Strauss said there have been no other incidents of the same nature.
Vandalism in Portland happened days after Politico published a leaked draft decision showing the U.S. Supreme Court was set to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 decision making pre-viability abortions a nationwide constitutional right. The leak and the prospect of overthrowing Roe sparked controversy and protests at national scale.
Crisis pregnancy centers have been criticized for posing as legitimate medical establishments in an attempt to attract pregnant patients and then delivery an anti-abortion message instead of offering the desired services.
As of this writing, we don’t have the information necessary to verify or debunk the claim made by Rose in her Twitter post. The wording of the tweet implies that these centers are systematically targeted, but to date there has only been one such report. Furthermore, we have no physical description of the people possibly involved or a motive. We’ll update this story if more information is revealed.
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