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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (ChurchMilitant.com) - A pro-life pregnancy center in a northwest Ohio college town was vandalized with blasphemous, pro-abortion graffiti this past weekend.
Vandals identifying themselves as Jane's Revenge spray-painted a wall of the Bowling Green pregnancy center, known as HerChoice. The graffiti defacing the building, directly across from Bowling Green State University (BGSU), read "liars," "fake clinic," "fund abortion" and "abort God."
Rochelle Sikora, the center's executive director, tells Church Militant she believes the attack is connected to the overturning of Roe v. Wade last year.
She also sees it connected to an upcoming vote.
"I think tensions are running high in Ohio due to the proposed ballot amendment trying to enshrine abortion rights in the Ohio Constitution," she explained.
Sikora is referring to the abortion industry's dangerous amendment, scheduled for a vote later this year, that would allow abortions up until birth and eliminate parental notification and consent laws that protect minor girls.
"This vile attack is part of a nationwide movement to intimidate, threaten, and terrorize pregnancy centers. These tactics are not only anti-American, they are based on misconceptions, misinformation, and outright lies," Sikora also said in an official statement contextualizing the attack on her facility with others throughout the country.
But Sikora is not the only one to take note of the violent trend targeting pro-life facilities.
According to a violence tracker created by Catholic Vote, "[a]t least 84 pregnancy resource centers and pro-life groups have been attacked and vandalized since a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked in early May ."
The terrorist group Jane's Revenge has claimed responsibility for many of the attacks, which include firebombings, vandalism and arson. The group's messages, including "If abortions aren't safe, neither are you," are often threatening.
The group reared its head during the summer of 2022 but is said to be a descendant of Jane's Collective, an illegal abortion service in Chicago in the years immediately preceding the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Despite the uptick in violent attacks, the response of the U.S. Department of Justice has been described as "anemic at best." Some reports show that the DOJ had indicted at least 26 pro-life advocates in 2022 whereas only two pro-abortion activists had been indicted at around the same time.
But the director of the Bowling Green facility is not deterred. "In fact, our resolve to serve is only strengthened," Sikora assured.
She is also pleased with the quick clean-up of the graffiti by pro-life BGSU students.
Sikora is hoping the public will step up and support pregnancy centers that radical pro-aborts are seeking to destroy. In her official statement, she urged supporters to help turn the tide:
For those looking to help us respond to this vandalism with love and compassion, we invite you to join our mission to love, serve, and equip anyone facing a pregnancy decision with Christ-centered resources and support that empower them to pursue life for themselves and their unborn child.
Sikora explains that anyone who would like to learn more about or donate to Bowling Green's center can visit bgpc.org.
"A gift of $50 in the wake of fear and violence provides hope, compassion, and resources to women in need in our community," she says.