ANTI-HOPE BRIGADE ATTACKS PREGNANCY CENTERS

The following is from Brooke Nearman of Alpha Pregnancy Center.

The leaked draft majority opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson case has fueled attacks of vandalism and firebombing against pregnancy centers throughout the nation. As of last week, more than 40 attacks have occurred against pregnancy centers and churches since May.

AlphaCare serves the community by offering much-needed support to women and children without bias. Our mission is to empower pregnant women and families by providing health and social services, and serving as a bridge to community resources. I’m so saddened by the uneducated, misdirected aggression by those threatening the free services we provide to the women who come to us for hope and help.

Just this month there was an attack against our friends at the HOPE Center, a fellow pregnancy center in Philadelphia. A group called “Anti Hope Brigade” claimed responsibility anonymously saying:

“We smashed out all of the windows of the ‘Hope’ pregnancy center on Broad St. We are tired of your ‘family values’ and you forcing families, and your values onto our bodies. This fake clinic spread lies and is part of a broader attempt to strip away body autonomy from hundreds of women and people. We are inspired by the actions of comrades in Wisconsin, Colorado, New York, and a growing list of places. If the attack on abortion does not stop, our attacks will broaden…”

The radical group Jane’s Revenge has issued a statement of revenge and declared “open season” on pregnancy centers, including a “night of rage” across the nation on the night of the decision and possible overturn of Roe v. Wade.

To date AlphaCare has not experienced any direct physical attacks related to the Dobbs decision, although we’ve received several nasty, threatening phone calls. National and local pro-life groups have been sharing information regularly and providing advice for security. Currently we’re taking the following measures:

Local Police

Regional pregnancy centers in the suburbs have shared their police departments have been very supportive, even providing special security details. Unfortunately, while I have contacted our local police department, they are so overwhelmed with crime they responded by saying, “We’ve made a note for our officers.” Likely they will not be providing much preventative support, if any.

Armored Glass Film

On Thursday, June 23rd, protective film will be installed on our windows as a security measure ahead of the court’s decision. It’s commonly used by banks and jewelry stores to protect against vandalism or small bombs. This film will prevent flying glass and it seems like a wise move to protect our building and limit any possible damage. It comes at the recommendation of other local pregnancy centers.

Nighttime Security

I am currently exploring the presence of physical security guards in our building for the late evening and early morning hours. Please pray for wisdom as we consider this precaution.

Prayer and Worship

We’re contemplating an all-night prayer meeting and worship service in our office the evening the Dobbs decision is released. This will be logistically complicated because we will not know until the day of (likely the 23rd, 28th, or 30th). Considering the direct threats across our country for that evening the need for prayer is an imminent need. If you have an interest in participating or helping to organize the prayer and worship night, please contact Kathleen Chappell at kchappell@alphacarephilly.org or call our office at (215) 735-6028.