A pro-life pregnancy center in Virginia was vandalized early Friday morning in what appears to be a politically-motivated attack.
NBC News 29 reports police are investigating the vandalism at the Culpeper Pregnancy Center after someone spray-painted the organization’s building and signs and broke one of its windows. The phrases “Fake,” “You hate women” and “Jesus hates this s—” were spray-painted across the pregnancy center’s signs and building.
Police estimated the time of the vandalism was about 3:30 a.m. Friday.
The Culpeper Star-Exponent reports someone apparently witnessed the attack early Friday morning and called police.
“It makes me sad. I’m not angry; it’s just sad because none of it is true,” pregnancy center director Lindy Dimeo told the local news. “We’re not a fake clinic, we have a doctor on staff; we have sonographer on staff. We do ultrasounds, STD testing, pregnancy testing.
“We’re HIPPA compliant, so we meet all regulations,” she continued. “We are part of a financial accountability organization. All of our services are to help women who are facing pregnancy, unplanned or not, with material assistance up to 2 years old and with medically accurate information on all of their options. We are not here to tell them what to do.”
Dimeo said they have never been vandalized before. She said they stay out of politics; her organization’s mission is to counsel women about their pregnancy options and support them and their children. She said they do not receive any government money; they run completely by donations.
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“We don’t tell people what to do, we just give them information,” Dimeo said.
The attack appears to be politically motivated. Calling pregnancy centers “fake clinics” is a propaganda point pushed by NARAL, Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups.
Virginia has been a focal point of the abortion debate this week after several prominent state politicians defended killing late-term unborn babies and even allowing disabled newborns to be left to die.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said doctors and women could have a discussion about whether to leave a disabled newborn baby to die. And a video of Virginia Del. Kathy Tran went viral when she told a fellow lawmaker that her bill would allow unborn babies to be aborted up to the point when a woman is about to give birth – even if there is no physical threat to her health. The bill later was defeated in committee, but the outrage continues.
Jon Russell, a Culpeper town councilman, surveyed the vandalism Friday morning and grieved over the growing political hostility.
“This is not who we are in Culpeper Virginia,” he wrote online. “We love preborn babies and their mothers. This violence has to stop.”
Police said anyone with information about the vandalism should call Detective Curtis Pittman at 540-829-5508 or email [email protected].
For more information or to donate to the pregnancy center, visit VirginiaPregnancy.org.