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Have you noticed the overwhelming number of articles about the attacks on pro-life centers all over the country? Neither have I. Unfortunately, attacks on the pro-life centers are not high on the priority list for protecting pregnant women, and we’ve already seen nearly 50 attacks since the leak of the draft decision written by Justice Samuel Alito. People are also calling for churches and demonstrating groups to be attacked.
Although the Department of Homeland Security is reporting that groups from both sides of the issue are being threatened, clearly the pro-life movement is at greater risk. The CEO of CompassCare, Jim Harden, is closely monitoring the situation:
‘Security is definitely a concern and there has been in the lead up. We heightened our security measures [at existing locations]. We never have anyone alone in the facility. We always walk out to the parking lot in two-by-twos. We’ve increased other types of security measures to our perimeter, etcetera, communicating constantly with law enforcement and things of that nature.’
Harden claims despite Homeland Security’s memo saying there are threats to both sides of the abortion argument, he believes it’s the pro-life clinics taking all the heat.
‘They’re not the ones getting threatened. They’re not the ones burning,’ he says of abortion clinics.
And yet a reporter from a news station tried to show an equivalence:
‘It is fair to say that there have been abortion centers that have been the targets of violence in the past, so what I would like to ask you is, would you be willing to also denounce similar acts of violence against them?” NEWS10’s Mikhaela Singleton asks.
‘CompassCare fully and wholeheartedly, full-throatedly denounces all violence everywhere. We’re open to having civil discourse. We’re open to having conversations about differences of opinion, but there’s no place for violence in civilized order,’ Harden replies.
Many people are calling for the SCOTUS decision to be announced sooner rather than later, as if a decision will temper the violence. I don’t draw that conclusion at all. This is a no-win situation for the pro-life movement, particularly if SCOTUS rules against Roe. Whether the decision is made sooner or later, the pro-life movement will be targeted.
Violence will break out nationwide, and local and state government will watch.Published in