Leaders of pro-life organizations in Oregon and Wisconsin that were targeted by violence say they won’t halt their mission in the face of increasing threats.
The windows of a pro-life crisis pregnancy center in Portland were shattered last Wednesday, while a pro-life organization in Madison over the weekend saw its windows broken and a fire started by Molotov cocktails.
First Image Southeast Portland Pregnancy Resource Center, the pro-life crisis pregnancy center in Oregon, said no one was hurt by the vandals, who also spraypainted “F--- CPCS” on the building in reference to crisis pregnancy centers.
“The leak from the Supreme Court,” the pregnancy center said in a Facebook post, “has clearly turned up the temperature.”
“We knew this would be the case, and that Portland could be a particularly volatile place to be during this significant moment in our culture,” the statement said.
Luke Cirillo, the CEO of First Image, quoted Galatians 6:9 and urged supporters to “not grow weary in doing good!” He also requested prayer.
“Pray for our team; that we would walk closely and confidently with Jesus. He tells us not to fear because he has overcome the world,” Cirillo wrote. “... Pray for the people who vandalized the building. People made in God’s Image are not designed to carry so much hate. It erodes the soul. We know how much better it is to walk in the love of Jesus. Pray they would turn away from hate and learn about that love.
“Pray for our country; for all those who have authority and influence in politics, media, and culture,” he added. “We don’t need things to heat up any more than they are, and we need leaders to emerge who have clear wisdom, and genuine humility.”
In Madison, an anarchist group attacked the building of Wisconsin Family Action, breaking windows and lighting a fire by using Molotov cocktails. The group also wrote a message in graffiti, “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.”
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, said the organization will continue to give “voice to the voiceless.”
“We are still standing,” she said in a Facebook statement. “We still support freedom. We love our republic and care for our neighbors. We will repair our offices, remain on the job, and build an even stronger grassroots effort. We will not back down. We will not stop doing what we are doing. Too much is at stake.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.