Pregnancy center spent up to $150K to bolster security amid increasing vandalism
A pro-life pregnancy center director testified before Congress this week that her clinic has spent up to $150,000 to improve security measures as similar pro-life clinics across the country have been vandalized.
Heidi Matzke, the executive director of Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Sacramento, California, spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a Tuesday hearing titled “A Post-Roe America: The Legal Consequences of the Dobbs Decision.”
“Pregnancy care centers from coast to coast are being targeted for violent assaults of vandalism and hateful attacks online and in the media,” Matzke said. “Just last week, a man approached our care center with an armed machete. We have been forced to hire 24-hour on-site security. We’ve had to reinforce doors and bulletproof our walls.”
“We’ve had to paint our building with anti-graffiti coating,” she added. “We’ve added cameras, armed our staff with pepper spray, and stopped running our mobile clinic because of threats of violence.”
Last month, the FBI announced it is investigating the recent attacks and vandalism of pro-life pregnancy centers as potential acts of domestic violence or extremism.
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