The Vandalism Goes On

Published May 31, 2022

National Review

Last week, someone graffitied a pregnancy-resource center outside Seattle and smashed in several of its windows for good measure. Security footage captured a woman dressed in black who used red paint to write, “If abortion isn’t safe, you aren’t either” and “Jane’s revenge” on the outer walls. She also broke at least five of the center’s windows.

Next Step Pregnancy Services in Lynwood, Wash., like most pregnancy-resource centers, offers women pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, adoption assistance, and support after miscarriage or an abortion.

Earlier this month, there was a similar vandalism — though without the broken windows — at a pregnancy-resource center near where I live in Northern Virginia. Just before that, abortion supporters in Madison, Wis., allegedly threw Molotov cocktails into the office of a state pro-life group and graffitied a message identical to the one left at Next Step: “If abortion isn’t safe, you aren’t either.”

All of these incidents have been in response to the imminent possibility that the Court might overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn human beings from abortion.

Over the weekend, thieves stole the golden tabernacle from St. Augustine Roman Catholic church in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, decapitating at least two angel statues near the altar in the process. According to one report, the Eucharist from the tabernacle was left scattered over the church’s altar. Three weeks ago, the tabernacle was stolen from St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic church in Katy, Texas. It was later found abandoned, with the Eucharist missing.

There have always been vandals and there always will be, but the timing of these particular incidents isn’t coincidental, coming just as our regime of abortion on demand appears to be crumbling.

Alexandra DeSanctis is a staff writer for National Review and a visiting fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Image: Nachelle Nocom via Pexels

EPPC Fellow Alexandra DeSanctis writes on culture and family issues, with a particular focus on abortion policy and pro-life advocacy, as a member of the Life and Family Initiative.

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