A marked FBI Police unit at the J. Edgar Hoover building in downtown Washington, DC. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Last Thursday, pro-abortion protestors disrupted a banquet held at the Marriott Hotel in Crystal City, just outside of Washington, D.C., for a pregnancy resource center that had been vandalized last summer.

The protestors, members of local D.C. pro-abortion group Our Rights DC and ‘antifascist’ group ShutDownDC, projected signs outside of the hotel while the banquet was being held and shouted pro-abortion messages inside the banquet hall. Protestor Vincent Vertuccio, who managed to get inside the banquet hall, was escorted out of the hotel after shouting that the pregnancy resource clinic Capitol Hill Crisis Pregnancy Center was a “fake clinic” and that it lies to women. 

Security escorted protester Vincent Vertuccio from the room after he began jumping up and down during the banquet and screaming that Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center was a “fake clinic” that lies to women.

Other protestors stood outside the Marriott Hotel and chanted slogans while beating drums and dancing. Our Rights DC protestors projected messages such as “Bans off our bodies” and “Beware! Toxic political poison” against the hotel walls. These groups have been found to be in connection to protests held outside Supreme Court Justices’ houses in the wake of the high court’s leaked decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson. 

The banquet was hosted by the Capitol Hill Crisis Pregnancy Center that had been vandalized last summer, in June. The attackers had dumped red paint on the building and spray painted “Jane’s Revenge” on the wall. They had also egged the windows. The assault on the pregnancy center came as a response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the decision reached in Roe v. Wade. Since then, approximately 97 Catholic churches and 76 pregnancy resource centers have been attacked by pro-abortion groups.

At least 97 Catholic churches and 76 pregnancy resource centers and other pro-life organizations have been attacked since the May leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, according to a Catholic Vote tracker.

According to Capitol Hill Crisis Pregnancy Center’s director, Janet Durig, D.C. police have suspended the investigation of the summer’s vandalism pending further evidence. Pro-life activists and workers at centers across the country are still waiting for the FBI to commence its investigations, as the many attacks against pregnancy centers pose potential violations of the stipulations in the FACE Act, a law that protects access to reproductive health centers.    

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