(CNSNews.com) – The director of a pregnancy care center in Sacramento, Calif., said Tuesday that her she has had to spend $150,000 in “valuable resources” to protect themselves from violent assaults and vandalism, including someone armed with a machete, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“Over the last five years, American pregnancy care centers have served nearly 2 million women who are faced with pregnancy and wanted an alternative to abortion. Yet, pregnancy care centers from coast to coast are being targeted for violent assaults of vandalism and hateful attacks online and in the media,” Heidi Matzke, executive director of the Alternatives Pregnancy Center, told the Senate Judiciary Committee at hearing titled, “A Post-Roe America: The Legal Consequences of the Dobbs Decision.”
“Just last week, as the exhibit shows, 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 bullet-proof our walls. We’ve had to paint our building with anti-graffiti coating. We’ve added cameras, armed our staff with pepper spray and stopped running our mobile clinic, because of threats of violence,” she said.
“We have been forced to expend valuable resources – resources for women of up to $150,000 just to protect ourselves. Why? Because we offer free care to women. What we do though is worth the risk. Every community needs a place for women facing unplanned pregnancies who are seeking dependable, medical resources in a safe, caring environment during one of the most difficult times of their lives,” Matzke said.
“’You are pregnant.’ Three of the most powerful words a woman will hear in her life. For some, the words bring incredible joy, and for others, incredible fear. Both deserve support,” she said.
Matzke explained that her pregnancy center offers “compassionate, holistic care, ministering in whatever gentle ways we can” to the “physical, emotional, and even spiritual needs” of pregnant women.
She said that there has been “a great deal of misinformation” about pregnancy centers since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which effectively overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.
Source: CNS NEWS