A pregnancy resource center near Portland, Oregon, appears to be the latest pro-life facility to be firebombed by pro-abortion zealots.
According to KOIN 6 News, investigators believe an incendiary device was thrown through a window of the Gresham Pregnancy Resource Center at around 3:00 am Friday, but no messages or notes were left behind.
Jason McGowan, the Gresham Fire Battalion Chief, told KOIN: “There’s enough to tell us that [the fire] is suspicious in nature.” The fire chief added, “that’s why we need to have multiple agencies looking into it and seeing what exactly happened this morning.” Agencies involved in the investigation include “Gresham Police, Gresham Fire, ATF, and the FBI,” McGowan said.
There have been dozens of reports of left-wing violence and vandalism targeting churches and pro-life facilities since news broke of a leaked draft ruling indicating that the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The attack comes days after a pro-life medical office and pregnancy center in Buffalo, New York, was heavily damaged in a terroristic firebombing, and a month after a pro-life organization in Madison, Wisconsin was also wrecked in an arson attack. The militant pro-abort group “Jane’s Revenge” took responsibility for both attacks. In Madison, the domestic terrorists left a message spray painted on the side of the building: “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.”
Following the attack on Wisconsin Family Action last month, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) fired off a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, demanding that they address the outbreak of domestic terrorism against pro-life organizations.
Johnson also asked if Jane’s Revenge has been classified as a domestic terrorist group.
In a statement originally posted on the dark web, Jane’s Revenge said the arson attack on the Wisconsin Family Action office was “only a warning” and they will “adopt the minimum military requirement for a political struggle” if pro-life establishments and organizations are not disbanded in next 30 days.
“We demand the disbanding of all anti-choice establishments, fake clinics, and violent anti-choice groups within the next thirty days,” the group said in the statement.
The Gresham Pregnancy Resource Center is one of three Portland area clinics run by First Image, a Christian organization.
In a statement posted to its website on Saturday, First Image said the fire was mostly contained to one room, “but damage there was extensive and there is additional water and smoke damage in other parts of the building.” First Image said the clinic will have to temporarily close.
“Because of the nature of the crime, it is a federal offense, and we are working with the local police and FBI in whatever way we can,” First Image said.
The group noted that its SE Portland Pregnancy Resource Center was also vandalized a few weeks ago, with all the windows on one side of the center broken, and “hateful” messages spray-painted on the wall.
“The kind of outrage that’s being directed at us is based on a complete misunderstanding and misrepresentation of who we are and how we have served the hundreds of thousands of people that have come to us over the decades,” First Image said.” I am deeply encouraged by the way our staff grieves honestly and prays genuinely for the hearts of the people perpetrating these crimes.”
At the same time, this hurts. Arson is particularly violent and destructive, and it compromises a sense of safety for our team and for the people we serve. On top of that, this will require temporary closure of our center until we can make repairs.
The kind of outrage that’s being directed at us is based on a complete misunderstanding and misrepresentation of who we are and how we have served the hundreds of thousands of people that have come to us over the decades. This moment in our culture is volatile, and the spillover into violence is deeply destructive to the fabric of our communities. We reject and refuse to have any part in the culture of hate. Jesus has modeled a different way. It’s the way of love. That narrow way includes, as a challenge to us all, the love of those who hate us.
First Image said the attack came just as they were going to begin a full renovation of the Gresham Center.
“When we do reopen, we plan for the center to be a welcoming, warm and beautiful space where we can again serve our clients with all the care we always have,” the group said.
There have now been 59 reports of pro-abortion vandalism, violence, threats and other incidents since the Supreme Court leak, Life News reports:
Alaska – Pregnancy Center Vandalized with Nails, Pro-Abortion Graffiti (EWTN Ireland)
New York – Topless Abortion Rights Protesters Storm Court At New York Liberty WNBA Game (Huffington Post)
New York – Statues of Lúcia dos Santos and Jacinta Marto smashed and decapitated at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church (ABC 7 New York)
Michigan – Police Arrest Abortion Activist for Allegedly Disrupting Michigan House Session (Bridge Michigan)
Maryland – Police Arrest Man with Weapon outside Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s Home, Allegedly Threatened to Murder Him (Washington Post)
North Carolina – Asheville Pregnancy Center Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Graffiti (Lauren Muzyka/Sidewalk Advocates for Life) (more at FOX Carolina)
New York – Pro-Abortion Protesters Mob Catholic Pro-Life Procession (National Review)
Pennsylvania – Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized in Pittsburgh (ProLife Across America)
Oregon – Mother and Child center vandalized; Address was publicized by group that favors abortion rights (Catholic Sentinel)
Oregon – Eugene Pregnancy Center Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Graffiti (Andy Ngo)
Mississippi – Rural Black Church Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Graffiti
Oregon – Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized in Portland: “Abort the Supreme Court” (Andy Ngo)
Alabama – Vicar, Parishioners Respond to Vandalism at Pro-Life Women’s Clinic in Auburn (Opelika-Auburn News)
Arizona – Watch: Pro-Abortion Demonstrators Attack, Spit on ‘Students for Kari’ Volunteers (College Fix)
Missouri – Pro-life Student Group at University of Missouri Calls for Dialogue after its Memorial Was Vandalized (Campus Reform)
Indiana – Pro-Life Student Advocates Shoved, Grabbed from Behind at Pro-Abortion Rally (Students for Life)
Maryland – Alpha Pregnancy Center in Reisterstown Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Graffiti (Andy Ngo) (more at WBAL-TV 11)
USA – Video: Pro-Life Student Activists Kicked, Shoved by Pro-Abortion Protesters (Students for Life)
Maine – Republican Senator Receives Threats after Voting No on Radical Pro-Abortion Bill (Boston Globe)
Texas – Another Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Vandalized in Denton (NRL News)
Virginia – Pro-Life Organization Office Vandalized; Man Exposes Himself, Urinates on Front Door (Concerned Women for America)
Colorado – Parish church in Fort Collins tagged with pro-abortion graffiti; police investigating (Catholic News Agency)
Virginia – Pregnancy Center Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Graffiti in Northern Virginia (National Review) (more from Human Coalition)
Texas – Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Vandalized in Denton, Texas (more from Students for Life)
Washington, D.C. – Two Pro-Life Leaders Say Abortion Activists Punched Them at D.C. Protest (Stand True)
Texas – Pro-Abortion Group Brags about Vandalizing Trotter House Pregnancy Center in Austin (Stop the Sweeps ATX) (more at Pregnancy Help News)
Washington state – Antifa Assault News Crew during Pro-Abortion Rally in Seattle (Andy Ngo)
Colorado – Catholic Church in Boulder Defiled Following Roe v. Wade Draft Opinion Leak (Denver Gazette)
Oregon – Pro-Abortion Protesters Damage Property In Portland Following SCOTUS Leak On Abortion (KXL 101 FM News) (more at KOIN 6)