The New York pro-life organization CompassCare was attacked for the second time in nine months on Wednesday when an individual was caught on camera vandalizing its sign.
The Buffalo pregnancy center also was firebombed on June 7 in one of the first of many attacks on pro-life organizations in the past year. The fire caused approximately half a million dollars in damage and injured two firefighters, but the perpetrators still have not been caught.
CompassCare, a pro-life Christian ministry, runs several pregnancy centers across New York that offer medical and other pregnancy and parenting support services to help mothers choose life for their babies.
But its Buffalo center primarily has been the target of hostility in recent months.
According to surveillance videos shared with LifeNews, an individual walked up to CompassCare in Buffalo at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and damaged its property, using red spraypaint to write the words “LIARS” in large letters across its front sign.
The pro-life organization blamed the attack on the pro-abortion Maoist Antifa in a press release, describing it as an “anti-Christian and anti-capitalist” group that wrongly believes “women are forced to have their babies thereby becoming a permanent socio-economic underclass.”
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The Rev. Jim Harden, CEO of CompassCare, said the on-going attacks will not deter pro-life advocates from their mission to help mothers and babies in need.
“CompassCare dignifies women with true choice and there’s nothing Antifa can do to make us stop,” Harden said in a statement. “All people are made in the image of God and are equally valuable—both the mother and the child. The love of God triumphs over terror.”
He criticized the FBI and Department of Justice for not doing more to crack down on the growing domestic terrorism. In January, frustrated by the lack of action, CompassCare hired its own private investigators to find out who was behind the June arson attack.
“This fits the definitions of domestic terror,” Harden said this week. “Those in the FBI and DOJ who refuse to treat it as such need to be fired and investigated. This is an act of intimidation and a violation of the FACE Act. America needs to return to a civilized order.”
The organization also asked people to help identify the perpetrator and provided surveillance video of the latest attack.
In November, FBI Director Christopher Wray admitted that most of the abortion-related attacks this year have targeted pro-life organizations. “Since the Dobbs decision, probably in the neighborhood of 70 percent of our abortion-related violence cases or threats cases are cases of violence or threats against … pro-life organizations,” he told a U.S. Senate committee.
But many pro-life advocates and lawmakers have accused federal agencies of political bias under the pro-abortion administration of President Joe Biden, arresting peaceful pro-life advocates while appearing to ignore violent attacks by pro-abortion activists.
Previously, Harden said it took federal law enforcement 161 days and pressure from pro-life advocates to even include the arsonists on its Most Wanted list, and the FBI waited five months before releasing security footage showing the June attack. He also accused the agency of ignoring numerous other arson and vandalism attacks on pro-life organizations.
Meanwhile, attacks have continued. Earlier this month, threats were written and windows were smashed at First Care pregnancy center in Minneapolis, Minnesota ahead of a pro-abortion protest. Two students also were arrested and charged with felonies at the University of Florida this month for allegedly stealing materials from the pro-life organization Created Equal and resisting arrest.
LifeNews counted about 250 attacks in 2022, including the shooting of an elderly pro-life woman in Michigan and 10 arson/attempted arsons.
Many pro-life organizations are increasing security and Republican lawmakers are demanding action from the Biden administration to crack down on the growing pro-abortion domestic terrorism. But, while the Biden administration has been aggressively working to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions, it has done little to stop the hostilities directed at pro-life advocates and churches.