Just 10 days after the Texas Heartbeat Act went into effect on September 1, Texas Right to Life in Houston received a bomb threat that caused the pro-life organization to evacuate its headquarters.
According to the group, staff members called local authorities at about 10:15 am on Friday, September 10 after they received an emailed bomb threat. When police arrived to investigate the threat, a postal worker delivered a package that was deemed suspicious. The officers immediately evacuated the building and called in the Houston Police Department’s bomb squad. Upon x-ray review, the contents were found to not be harmful.
Police Chief Onesimo Lopez of the Bellaire Police Department told Fox News, “We take these kind of threats very seriously. Our Criminal Investigations Division is conducting an investigation into the threats and will follow up on any leads that develop. No other information is available at this time.”
Texas Right to Life has reported that since the Texas Heartbeat Act went into effect, pro-abortion individuals have been threatening the lives and wellbeing of their employees. The group said it “has taken proactive measures to ensure the safety of our staff since we began receiving violent messages online and by phone slightly before the Texas Heartbeat Act took effect.”
The Texas Heartbeat Act restricts abortion to the first weeks of pregnancy before an embryonic heartbeat can be detected. The law states that citizens can file civil suits against abortionists who commit an abortion or anyone who aids in obtaining an abortion of a child who has a beating heart. The child’s mother is exempt from liability. A last-minute attempt to stop the law through an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court failed, and the Act became the first of its kind to take effect.
“We understand that some people will use violence to achieve their ends,” said Texas Right to Life Vice President Elizabeth Graham. “Sadly, the violence of abortion has been used for over 45 years so people can live as they wish; Texas Right to Life mourns violence both inside and outside of abortion facilities.”
“These recent crimes and conspiratorial acts against our work and our dedicated staff will not stop Texas Right to Life from ensuring that the Texas Heartbeat Act is enforced. We are resolved more than ever to strengthen programs and outreach to abortion-vulnerable women to empower them to choose life.”
Violence against pro-lifers has been growing in recent years, with abortion advocates stealing pro-life property, kicking, punching, and pushing pro-lifers to the ground, and even threatening pro-lifers with guns.
According to Fox News, Bellaire police “warned the public that making a bomb threat is a criminal offense. Individuals convicted of a ‘Terroristic Threat’ face a fine of up to $4,000 and nearly a year in jail.”
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