September 22, 2022

Pro-Life Representatives Introduce Legislation to Protect Pregnancy Centers from Pro-Abortion Extremists

On Sept 20, Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) introduced the Protect Pregnancy Care Centers Act of 2022. The bill is a response to almost 70 acts of violence toward pregnancy centers since the Dobbs decision at the end of June.

The Biden administration has not indicated any progress in its investigation and prosecution of pro-abortion extremists since the wave of attacks began.

This legislation would require the Biden administration to let the public know how it is handling its investigation and prosecution of pro-abortion extremists who attack pro-life pregnancy centers. Additionally, the bill would require the administration to report on how pregnancy centers can receive funding for security measures. It provides recommendations for additional grants for security purposes.

“Pregnancy care centers across the country have suffered a surge of violent attacks, firebombing and vandalism by pro-abortion activists in a coordinated effort to intimidate front-line volunteers and licensed medical professionals providing critical support to mothers in need and their unborn baby boys and girls,” said Smith.

“The violent attacks on pregnancy centers in Washington state and across the country are reprehensible and only endanger and intimidate the women who depend on them for critical medical care, education, and other resources,” said Rodgers. “I believe all extreme and hateful acts of violence should be condemned, which is why I’m helping lead this legislation to hold President Biden accountable for his failure to respond to this threat with the urgency it deserves.”

According to a study from the Charlotte Lozier Institute, pregnancy centers have saved the lives of over 828,130 babies and have provided (generally free) services to almost 2,000,000 mothers.