A Colorado pregnancy center is back in action after radical abortion activists threw a firebomb into its building in June, destroying nearly everything inside.
Life Choices Pregnancy Medical Center in Longmont and nine others were targets of arson attacks this summer in response to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. More than 100 other pro-life organizations and churches also have been vandalized, harassed and threatened in the past few months.
Despite the violence and on-going threats, Life Choices executive director Kathy Roberts told the Washington Times that they still are dedicated to serving mothers and babies.
“I think the biggest concern for me right now is: Will [clients] feel safe?” Roberts said. “This has taken on such a life of its own when you think of not just the extent of the damage but the emotional impact. ‘Wow, the place was firebombed? Is it going to be safe to go in there?’”
Roberts said they have received more threats since the June 25 arson and recently hired full-time security.
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“We did have someone call the line and say that it was too bad that we didn’t burn down, but next time,” she told the newspaper “… Then they said, ‘Burn, you religious freak.’”
Right now, Life Choices is serving women at a temporary location. The fire destroyed nearly everything inside the charity, and the building had to be gutted down to the wooden frame; it may be a year until they can go back, according to the report.
Roberts said a neighbor reported hearing a “loud boom” the night of the attack. Authorities believe someone, potentially radical pro-abortion terrorists with the group Jane’s Revenge, used a Molotov cocktail to light the pregnancy center on fire, according to the report. Someone also spray-painted the threat “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you” on the building.
“It looked like a bomb went off when you went in there afterward,” Roberts remembered.
The attacks on Life Choices and dozens of other pregnancy resource centers this summer hurt families in need. These centers provide free and compassionate support to millions of pregnant and parenting families every year, empowering women to choose life for their unborn babies and offering post-abortion counseling even when they choose abortion.
“When they come in, we empower them. We provide them with clarity about their choices. There’s only three. You know what they are: parenting, adoption and abortion. We don’t shame them to have a child,” Roberts said. “… We tell them, ‘Don’t be alone after this. Come to us, let us help you work through this.’”
Since 2010, Life Choices has served 27,000 clients, according to the report.
A licensed physician supervises the pregnancy center, and it employs full-time registered nurses. Roberts said they provide free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, as well as maternity clothes, hospital beds, car seats, diapers, classes on parenting and finances, and more.
“One of our clients said the thing she loved the most is ‘I could call you and say this is a need I have and you helped me with it or helped me find where I could go,’” Roberts told the news outlet.
Despite their good work, pregnancy centers frequently are a targets of pro-abortion politicians, the abortion industry and violent abortion activists.
In July, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, demanded that pregnancy centers be “shut down” across the country because they supposedly “torture” women. Then, in August, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison issued a “consumer alert” warning women not to visit pregnancy centers based on findings in a biased report from pro-abortion groups.
Yelp also began putting warning labels on pro-life pregnancy centers on its website after a company executive claimed the pro-life organizations are “misleading” and “deceptive.”
But a new poll found strong public support for pregnancy centers among Americans. And, according to an analysis by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, pregnancy centers have helped save more than 800,000 unborn babies from abortion since 2016.
The research found an estimated 3,000 pro-life pregnancy resource centers served about 2 million people in 2019, providing more than 730,000 pregnancy tests, nearly half a million ultrasounds, 1.3 million packs of diapers and more than 2 million baby outfits, all for free. Many offer post-abortion counseling as well.