Perpetrator Pleads Guilty to Attack on Pro-Life Center

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by Church Militant  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 13, 2023   

Former BGSU student to be sentenced in April

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (ChurchMilitant.com) - A woman has pleaded guilty to vandalizing a pro-life pregnancy center in Ohio. 

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HerChoice Pregnancy Center (Photo: Google maps)

Whitney M. Durant "pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor charge under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act," according to a Dec. 8 Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. The FACE Act "prohibits a person from intentionally damaging or destroying the property of a facility because that facility provides reproductive health services." 

On April 15, 20-year-old Durant defaced HerChoice, a pregnancy center located in Bowling Green, Ohio, by spray-painting the words "LIARS," "Fund Abortion," "Abort God" and "Jane's Revenge" across a wall of the building. 

Jane's Revenge is a militant abortion rights group claiming responsibility for firebombing and vandalizing pregnancy centers and churches throughout the United States.

On July 5, Durant, who uses the name "Soren Monroe," was charged with a FACE Act misdemeanor. A student at Bowling Green State University at the time, Durant initially pleaded "not guilty" to the crime.

Durant has been involved with a campus socialist organization and 'identifies as nonbinary.'

Durant has been involved with a campus socialist organization and "identifies as nonbinary," according to a news report.

Violence Trending

Since early May 2022, when a draft Supreme Court opinion leaked the news about the overturn of Roe v. Wadea development that left decisions about the legality of abortion with the states — there has been an uptick in vandalism against pro-life facilities. 

 
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According to a violence tracker created by CatholicVote, "[a]t least 88 pregnancy resource centers and pro-life groups have been attacked and vandalized" since May 2022. 

The organization noted that states withstanding the highest levels of pro-abortion attacks include

  • Michigan, with eight
  • Minnesota, Oregon, California and New York, each with six
  • Washington, with five
  • Ohio, with four, and
  • Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Massachusetts, each with three.

Another domestic terrorist group akin to Jane's Revenge is Ruth Sent Us, named after Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a former Supreme Court Justice and radical pro-abortion advocate. It has organized illegal protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices and has also called on supporters to attack Catholic churches during Mass.

The group threatened blasphemous and violent acts, posting on X, "Stuff your rosaries and your weaponized prayer. ... We'll be burning the Eucharist to show our disgust for the abuse Catholic Churches have condoned for centuries."

Durant is scheduled to be sentenced on April 9, 2024. She faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison for the misdemeanor charge. 

 

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