Pro-Life Group’s Office Damaged by Attempted Robber on Thanksgiving

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 24, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Group’s Office Damaged by Attempted Robber on Thanksgiving

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 24
, 2006

Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — The office of a national pro-life organization was attacked by an attempted robber on Thanksgiving Day. Operation Rescue’s office manager Brenna Sullenger was notified early Thursday afternoon that an alarm had been activated and police called to the scene.

After she arrived at the office, Sullenger found that the perpetrator had bashed in the front door in an apparent attempt to rob the office, but apparently fled after the alarm sounded.

In a statement LifeNews.com received, Sullenger said the door was badly damaged would need to be replaced but she indicated it didn’t appear the office had been vandalized or anything stolen.

She indicated the pro-life group filed a report with police.

Sullenger also reported that the group’s Internet web site was down on Friday morning and she said the group is looking into whether anyone hacked into its web server. LifeNews.com checked on the group’s web site at press time and found it not operating.

Operation Rescue’s office is temporarily located in a trailer until renovations can be completed on the new office space purchased earlier this year. The group obtained the building that formerly housed the Central Women’s Services abortion facility.

“We believe that the new space will be a more secure headquarters for us, but we are still raising money for the renovations,” Operation Rescue president Troy Newman said in the statement to LifeNews.com.

“We don’t expect to be in our new building before spring. In the meantime, we must be prepared for attacks on our office and staff to continue or even increase as we get closer to our January event," he added.

The incident comes just weeks after Cheryl Sullenger’s home was the target of abortion activists who pelted it with eggs. Cheryl is also an OR staff member and the head of a political action committee.

“While property can be replaced, our primary concern is the safety of our staff members. If someone will kick in our front door in broad daylight, there is no telling what they will do next,” Newman concluded.