Virginia police are investigating the vandalism of a pregnancy center following the Roe v. wade




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Police are investigating the vandalism of a pregnancy center in Virginia following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Friday that overturned Roe v. Wade, they said.

Lynchburg police responded to a property damage call at the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center Saturday morning, where officers found graffiti spray-painted on the building and several shattered windows, the department said in a news release.

The words “If abortion isn’t safe, you aren’t safe,” were found spray-painted red near the center’s entrance, police department photos show.

“Security camera footage shows four masked individuals carrying out the acts,” the police statement said. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, police said.

The acts were uncovered a day after the Supreme Court ruling struck down the federal constitutional right to abortion. The impact of the landmark ruling was felt immediately, with at least 10 states effectively banning abortion as of Saturday night.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said Friday in his reaction to the decision that he would push for a new 15-week abortion ban in his state, a change from the state’s current law allowing first and second trimester abortions.

The Republican governor, who was elected last year and has been seen as a role model for other GOP candidates, said he opposes abortion but offered 15 weeks as a compromise during a a meeting with The Washington Post on Friday, saying he wanted to find “a place where we can get together.”

The Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center shared its support for the Supreme Court’s decision on Facebook on Friday, writing, “Rejoicing with an overflowing heart of gratitude for the life affirming decisions that were made today. ”

Opened in 1999, the center is “dedicated to helping men and women facing unplanned pregnancy,” according to their website, and does not offer or refer abortions.

The center asked for help following the incident.

The center took to Facebook asking for help following Saturday’s incident, saying in a post: “If you are available to provide financial support for additional security and lots of prayers, we will would be very grateful.”

CNN contacted the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center for comment, but did not immediately respond.

Youngkin responded to the vandalism incident on Twitter, saying, “There is no place for this in Virginia, breaking the law is unacceptable.” He added that the state police were ready to help with the investigation.

Lynchburg is located approximately 113 miles west of Richmond.


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