‘No room for this in Virginia’ — Gov. Youngkin decries vandalism at crisis pregnancy center

Lynchburg Police are investigating property damage and vandalism at the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center. (Courtesy Lynchburg Police Department via Facebook)

As abortion demonstrations continue and protesters react to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, Gov. Glenn Youngkin says Virginia State Police are “ready to support local law enforcement” while a vandalism investigation continues at a Lynchburg crisis pregnancy center.

“There is no room for this in Virginia,” Youngkin said Saturday evening, “breaking the law is unacceptable. This is not how we find common ground.”

Lynchburg police said the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center was vandalized by four masked individuals at around 10:40 a.m. on Saturday.

Police photos show the entrance and out walls of the center marked with graffiti — “Jane’s Revenge,” “If Abortion ain’t safe you ain’t safe!” anarchy symbols and drawings of coat hangers — and at least three windows with broken glass.

The Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center is listed among several available crisis pregnancy centers — organizations that provide services, such as ultrasounds or “abortion consultations.” These centers often try to convince pregnant women not to get an abortion and have religious affiliations.

Virginia residents still have access to abortions in the state, although Youngkin has already started pushing state legislators to draft a 15-week abortion ban.

Republicans in the state’s House chamber tried to pass a 20-week abortion ban earlier this year. That ban died in a Democrat-held state Senate committee.

Ivy Lyons

Ivy Lyons is a digital journalist for WTOP.com. Since 2018, they have worked on Capitol Hill, at NBC News in Washington, and with WJLA in Washington.

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