LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — U.S. Rep. Ben Cline (R-Va.) made a trip to Lynchburg on Wednesday to visit the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center, which was vandalized following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The vandalism and property damage at the pregnancy center took place on June 25, less than 24 hours after the Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, according to the Lynchburg Police Department.
As seen in the photographs shared by the department, one of the phrases spray painted on the pregnancy center says “IF ABORTION AIN’T SAFE YOU AIN’T SAFE!”
Immediately following the vandalism at the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center, Cline says that he personally wrote to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, demanding that action be taken to protect such facilities.
Cline says he has co-sponsored several bills to try to prevent further destruction from occurring. He is also supporting a resolution introduced by U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) condemning the violence against pregnancy centers.
“We condemn the violence against facilities like this, we condemn all political violence, and we are hopeful that the Department of Justice will aggressively investigate crimes like this and bring those perpetrators to justice,” said Cline, adding that he continues to push for action to protect pregnancy centers and the services they offer for women.
Meanwhile, Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center’s executive director, Susan Campbell, says that she is grateful for the support the facility has received from community members since the incident.
As of this writing, the Lynchburg pregnancy center is back up and running, but police are still investigating the vandalism, so if you have any information about that, you are asked to call Detective Dubie at 434-941-9937 or Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900.