Ever since the draft opinion of Roe v Wade was leaked, attacks on crisis pregnancy centers have dramatically increased.
A Pro-Life clinic director at a ‘crisis pregnancy center’ in California testified in front of the Senate earlier this month that pro-life clinics have seen a dramatic increase in violent attacks ever since Roe was overturned.
She testified that in July, someone attacked her crisis pregnancy center with a machete.
In late June, protesters caused property destruction to a crisis pregnancy center in Oregon that led to the injury of innocent people and police officers.
In response to the uptick of attacks against crisis pregnancy centers, House Republicans have introduced legislation that would increase penalties for people that attempt to do harm to employees at the centers or cause property destruction.
The bill would more than double the criminal fine for people who attack crisis pregnancy centers and add years on to the mandatory minimum sentence.
The Daily Caller Reports–
Republican New York Rep. Claudia Tenney introduced legislation Thursday that would make sure pro-life pregnancy centers and places of worship are protected from activists, and would increase the penalties for attackers.
The legislation, first obtained by the Daily Caller, is titled the Pregnancy Resource Center Defense Act and is companion legislation to the same bill introduced by Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley. The bill would increase criminal penalties from a misdemeanor to a felony for first-time offenses. Also, the bill would increase the criminal fine from $10,000 to $25,000.
The Pregnancy Resource Center Defense Act would also guarantee pregnancy resource centers and religious facilities that successfully sue will receive no less than $20,000, which is $10,000 more than the current levels. It would also impose a 7-year mandatory minimum when attacks involve arson, which is an increase from the current 5-year mandatory minimum.