A faith-based pregnancy center just blocks from the U.S. Capitol was vandalized with red paint and eggs, and spray-painted with the words “JANE SAYS” and “REVENGE,” sometime between late Thursday night and Friday morning.
Washington Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers responded Friday morning to reports of damaged property at the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center—a faith-based non-profit organization offering free assistance to mostly financially-disadvantaged families who are dealing with crisis pregnancies.
The center offers free pregnancy testing, counseling, childbirth, and parenting classes but does “not perform or refer for abortions,” according to its website. “We provide women and men with complete, medically-accurate information about abortion. We believe it is everyone’s right to have this information in order to make a fully informed decision,” the site states.
Damage included red paint all over the front door, windows splattered with eggs, and graffiti on the walls.
“My initial reaction was just sadness,” Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center Executive Director Janet Durig told The Daily Caller. “But, as the day went on we received an outpouring of support, and that sadness turned to strength because I knew there were people in the community who supported us,” she said.
“This type of intimidation is beneath us as a nation,” Durig told the outlet.
According to Durig, the MPD did a “phenomenal job” and sent a team to clean up after evidence was collected.
Emotions are running high after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling guaranteeing the right to abortion across the United States.
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said in a Twitter post, “Why would anyone attack a crisis pregnancy center trying to help moms?”
The spray-painted name “JANE” could refer to Jane Roe, the fictional name used in the Texas lawsuit that eventually led to the Supreme Court decision.
The graffiti could be connected to a radical pro-abortion group of activists known as Jane’s Revenge, which has picketed the homes of Supreme Court justices following the draft leak.
The activists firebombed a pro-life organization in Madison, Wisconsin, leaving behind a note stating, “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.” Symbols commonly used by the far-left organization Antifa were also found at the scene.
Although the clinic had security cameras covering the premises, the devices were reportedly not working.
The investigation into the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center vandalism is ongoing.
The faith-based center provides “intervention and abortion alternatives for women,” and encourages lifestyles “that reflect godly values, especially with regard to sexual behavior,” according to its website.
The Catholic News Agency reported that buildings connected to pro-life organizations and Catholic churches have been targeted for arson and graffiti attacks since the Supreme Court leak.
Next Step Pregnancy Center in Lynnwood, Washington was vandalized in the early hours of May 25. Five front windows were smashed, and footage shared by a local radio host shows a lone person dressed in black, spray-painting the slogans “Jane’s revenge” and “If abortions aren’t safe, you aren’t either.”
Twitter account AntifaWatch, which documents incidents related to the far-left, said in a post with related images: “A pregnancy center in Reisterstown Maryland was vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti and threats. The graffiti was signed with ‘Jane’s Revenge’, the group that took credit for the firebombing attack on a pro-life group office in Madison Wisconsin.”