Vandals left a spray-painted message and broken windows at a pregnancy center early Monday morning, in what employees believe was a targeted attack.
The incident is another symptom of the heightened tensions surrounding the abortion debate as the country awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade.
The attack at the Lennon Pregnancy Center on Ann Arbor Trail in Dearborn Heights occurred at 1 am The vandals smashed 11 windows and three glass doors, and left a spray-painted message that read: “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you. ”
It’s the messaging that led employees to believe their center was targeted for their anti-abortion views.
Dearborn Heights police were called by a resident across the street who heard a disturbance.
The building alarm only went off later in the morning around 5 am, said Board President Gary Hillebrand. He said he believes the alarm went off when an officer stepped through a broken door.
Hillebrand said it does not appear the attackers entered the building or that anything inside was disturbed.
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The Lennon Center shares a building with a printing company, which was also damaged. No one was inside the building when it was vandalized. .
The nonprofit Lennon Pregnancy Center provides education, counseling and support at all stages of pregnancy. The center supported 97 mothers last month, according to WDIV-TV (Channel 4), providing supplies, classes and ultrasounds.
Employees believe the same radical abortion-rights group Jane’s Revenge is behind the attacks because of messages left at the scene of each attack and pictures of the damage posted online.
“It’s not an isolated incident — it’s not random,” Hillebrand said.
I have added that the attackers may think they’re hurting them, but they’re only hurting the mothers who come to seek help.
The center, which said it is planning to install cameras around the building, moved its .
its classes online, but reopened Thursday to offer full services.
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“We’re telling clients, when you come, you’re going to see boarded up windows,” Hillebrand said. “Just know we’re still in there.”