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Maryland Pregnancy Centers Vandalized (6/04)

POLICE BEGIN INVESTIGATIONS (6/04) – 2 centers were vandalized in what state police are considering issue-motivated hate crimes. Someone broke into the main office of the Gabriel Project [24May] and caused between $10-20,000 in damage [smashing windows, destroying computers, dumping food items from the refrigerator on walls and carpets, spraying a dry-chemical fire extinguisher in the building]. The vandals stole $500. The Gabriel Project offers housing for homeless pregnant mothers and does not refer women to abortion businesses. Pregnancy Ctr West was vandalized: an A/C unit was damaged & 2 offices were flooded via hoses from outside. One Gabriel Project sign outside a church in Baltimore, displaying the message “Pregnant? Need Help?” and advertising the 800 number for the Gabriel Project, was destroyed [~May 21].”The Gabriel Project is a very positive and heartwarming ministry that really gives women a choice,” Paul Mulligan [dir, Gabriel Project] told LifeNews.com. “I find that for someone who would do this, perhaps in the name of choice, is hypocritical.” Mulligan added that he had spoken with police, and the hate crimes division is actively investigating the acts of vandalism. Mulligan said police representatives told him that this would be a high-priority case because of the issue-oriented nature of the crimes. Pro-abortion groups have attempted to capitalize on public sentiments after the September 11th terrorist attacks by comparing pro-life workers with terrorists. Rep. Joann Davis (R-VA) recently defended Bush adviser Karen Hughes, whom pro-abortion groups were criticizing for comments she made in reference to the pro-abortion march in April, stating that respect for life has grown since the September 11 terrorist attacks. “Unfortunately, my colleagues have distorted her remarks into a misrepresentation of her actual sentiment, which I fully support,” Davis said of Hughes. Davis said abortion advocates are engaging in hypocrisy by calling pro-life groups “terrorists”. “[T]hese groups claim to speak for all women. It is these very same groups that have repeatedly called pro-life groups [i.e. Concerned Women for American] ‘terrorists.’ Yes, Planned Parenthood likes to use the word ‘terrorist’ any time they deem it politically useful,” Davis explained. “Recently, I saw on Planned Parenthood Fdn’s web site a page entitled ‘Eye on Extremism,’ and under the heading titled ‘Terrorists & Extremist Organizations’ was a detailed listing of 14 leading pro-life [group]s.” Gabriel Project consists of 85 churches in the MD/Wash DC area.  ACTION: You can help these pregnancy centers by providing them with a donation to recover from the damages. Refer to LifeNews.com when you make your contribution. Gabriel Project, P.O. Box 2116, Bowie, MD 20718-2116 or Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Center & Medical Clinic, 4341 Northview Drive, Bowie, MD 20716. [http://www.lifenews.com/state597.html by Paul Nowak, LifeNews.com 4Jun04; N. Valko, R.N. 5Jun04]