Following prior incidents of vandalism at another facility in St. Paul and to the office of a statewide organization that opposes abortion, the director of a pregnancy resource center in St. Paul discovered the building defaced on Monday.
A rock may have been used to break the glass doors of Abria Pregnancy Resources, and red graffiti was spray painted on the structure in the St. Anthony Park area. “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you,” it said.
According to video footage, the damage occurred at 2:30 a.m. on Monday while no one was there, according to Angela Franey, executive director of Abria Pregnancy Resources.
I’m disappointed that people don’t grasp what we do, said Franey.
According to Franey, the St. Paul and Minneapolis locations of Abria Pregnancy Resources “offer a good alternative to abortion.” In addition to prenatal and parenting instruction, diapers, formula, and baby outfits, she claimed that they have a medical staff and offer pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and other medical services.
With intentions to reopen on Tuesday, repairs are being made to the St. Paul facility at University Avenue and Vandalia Street. They have safety measures in place, according to Franey.
As of Monday afternoon, nobody was detained.
On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, paving the way for abortion restrictions in several states. Minnesota still permits legal abortions.
Graffiti was discovered sprayed on Birthright St. Paul, a pregnancy clinic, near Snelling and Carroll avenues, at the beginning of July. Police said they had failed to locate a suspect.
Midway through June, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life reported that their Minneapolis office had been attacked with smashed glass and graffiti.