Vandals hit Littleton pregnancy center part of national trend

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Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade disclosed in early May there were dozens of attacks on pregnancy clinics offering counseling and care to women considering alternatives to abortion. This trend came to New Hampshire on Tuesday when the The Pathways Pregnancy Care Center has been vandalized.

According to Littleton Police Chief Paul Smith, volunteers from the center found graffiti on the side of the building reading “Fund Abortion, Abort God”. Pathways is a faith-based ministry dedicated to helping pregnant women rent space at Elevate Church.

Littleton police say it’s too early to tell if the vandalism is considered a hate crime. “It could be determined as the facts evolve that this is a hate crime,” Smith said.

Shannon McGinley of Cornerstone Action, however, says there is no doubt. “It’s a hate crime.”

The FBI is investigating more than 40 violent attacks on pregnancy centers and churches following the Supreme Court leak. Some centers have been burned down and others have suffered extensive damage due to vandalism. The Dobbs decision overturned Roe v. Wade and returned the power to regulate abortion to the states.

Smith said his investigators are working on the case and have already contacted the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office about the possibility that this could be charged with a hate crime.

Michael Garrity, director of communications at the New Hampshire Department of Justice, said the state attorney general’s office is monitoring Littleton’s results.

“At this point, our office is aware of an incident at the center. The Littleton Police Department has alerted our Civil Rights Unit, reporting the incident as concerning, Garrity said. “We are now closely monitoring a Active and ongoing investigation by Littleton Police investigators Our Civil Rights Unit will ultimately look into the evolving facts and circumstances of the case.

Under New Hampshire law, a person who commits a crime “motivated…out of hostility to the religion, race, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, or gender of the victim” could face heavier penalties. Smith said the alleged crime could be charged with criminal mischief if there was no evidence of a hate crime found during the investigation. Misdemeanors rarely result in jail time.

Pathways offers free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, parenting classes, baby supplies, as well as help getting welfare, among other services.

“There are three times as many Pregnancy Care Centers (PCCs) in New Hampshire as there are abortion facilities. We’re even lucky to have two maternity wards, McGinley said. “Every client is treated with compassion and respect, whatever decision she chooses for her pregnancy. Empowering women to make informed decisions is a top priority,” McGinley said.

Pro-abortion activists, however, have attacked these facilities for years, raising their profile as a possible target. An extremist abortion group, Jane’s Revenge, took credit for some of the recent attacksincluding breaking the doors and windows of a clinic in Michigan.

Their message: “If abortion isn’t safe, neither are you.

Last week, Kayla Montgomery, vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, took to the airwaves to attack New Hampshire facilities.

“I want to be clear; crisis pregnancy centers are not based on science or medicine,” Montgomery told WMUR. “If people need care, they should call their local Planned Parenthood of New Hampshire abortion provider who will provide honest, compassionate, non-judgmental care and explain the full range of options.”

Montgomery did not respond to a request for comment about the vandalism in Littleton.

And Sen. Maggie Hassan (DN.H.) has also criticized these facilities in the past, accusing them of offering “false health” to entice women to keep their babies.

“In New Hampshire — and in more than 2,700 places across our country — women are walking into bogus women’s health centers, misnamed ‘crisis pregnancy centers,’ thinking they are receiving neutral and medically valid advice on pregnancy. But these centers really exist to serve one purpose: to prevent women from accessing abortions”, Hassan wrote in 2018.

Hassan, who has maintained a steady stream of public comments on abortion rights over the past two months, has remained silent on both the surge in attacks on pregnancy centers and threats against judges in the court. Supreme Court — including a failed assassination — since Alito’s opinion leaked. .

McGinley says there is clearly a double standard.

“These kinds of attacks underscore the cynical nature of arguments that pro-lifers don’t provide enough material assistance to women in need. When abortion advocates – from arsonist groups to Elizabeth Warren – threaten pregnancy care centers, they say helping women is immoral unless it specifically promotes abortion,” said McGinley. “Their goal is not to help the vulnerable. Their goal is to spread abortion as a religion – and they don’t care if that means taking services away from women in need.

Pathways Pregnancy Care Center executive director Angel Marshall said their mission will continue.

Pathways will not allow a hate crime to interfere with the much-needed support we provide. This has not and will not deter us from serving our community,” Marshall said. “Enabling men, women and adolescents to make informed decisions is a top priority. I am working closely with the Littleton Police Department in this investigation. We are taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety of center staff, volunteers and clients.

Smith said Pathways volunteers are responding to the vandalism by organizing more help to keep the center safe. He asks anyone with information to contact Littleton Police at 603 444 7711.

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