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Vandalism graffiti at Hialeah, FL pro-life clinic

A pro-life pregnancy clinic in Hialeah was vandalized on Sunday following the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court.

The walls of the Pregnancy Support Medical Clinic, 390 W. 49th St, were strewn with graffiti referencing “Jane’s Revenge.” The mayor and the police call it a hate crime.

The group called “Jane’s Revenge”, seen by many as extremists pro-abortion choice, did not claim responsibility for the Hialeah vandalism, but did for other incidents of firebombings, vandalism and arson targeting clinics in pregnancy. The first incident claimed by the group occurred at a crisis pregnancy center in Madison, Wisconsin on May 8, 2022, according to CNB 26.

The Hialeah Pregnancy Clinic denounced the attack in a message posted on its instagram account: “Pro-abortion terrorists attacked and destroyed our medical clinic for pregnant women in Hialeah, causing thousands of dollars in damage to our building and security system. They vandalized a clinic that provides free services to women and families in need. We know this attack is pure evil and we are heartbroken, but we also know that God is on our side. We will vanquish !”

Hialeah Mayor Esteban Bovo Jr. said the city’s police department is “investigating what it considers to be a hate crime perpetrated by a radical individual or group of radical individuals, those who are motivated through the destruction and usurpation of the rule of law”.

Hiealeah Police Lt. Edward Rodríguez told el Nuevo Herald the department had several clues to the incident.

“A man and a woman arrived at the clinic at 1:13 a.m. on Sunday with their faces covered and wearing gloves,” he said. “They used a laser to damage the footage and then used sprays to cover the cameras.”

The messages chastised the clinic: “Pro-life? What about the death penalty for the accused? “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you.” The graffiti was on the walls less than 24 hours before being painted over.

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Vandalism of Pregnancy Support Medical Clinic at 390 W 49th St, Hialeah with anarchist slogan and symbols Medical clinic for pregnancy assistance

Rodríguez said the police were investigating the act as a “hate crime” because “the goal was to attack this type of clinic because of the political decisions that were made” in the country. He said the department has increased patrols.

If someone is arrested and convicted, vandalism could be a first-degree misdemeanor and result in a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, he said.

According to Catholic News Agency a similar vandalism occurred at South Broward Pregnancy Centerabout 45 minutes north of Miami.

So far, this is the first time an act of vandalism has been reported at a pro-life clinic in Hialeah, Rodríguez said.

This story was originally published July 6, 2022 4:32 p.m.

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