The last abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, was badly vandalized Sunday night.
The clinic released a statement on their website Monday morning:
“This morning our staff showed up to our abortion clinic and found that it had been vandalized. The security monitor we look at first thing in the mornings was blank. One can’t really imagine the fear that goes through your body when you see that something you always rely on to assure you that you are safe, isn’t working. It’s a sinking feeling. So we went in groups of two to check the outside of the building and found our security cameras destroyed. Someone had come by in the early hours of the morning and knocked them off our building. In the back of the clinic we found our State Mandated generator dismantled and seriously damaged.
A review of our DVR showed that in the early hours of the morning, a masked intruder came onto our property and proceeded to methodically destroy our cameras. Other damage found indicates they were trying to destroy the power lines coming into the building, no doubt hoping to stop all patient care for the near future.
We’ve called the police and the FBI like we always do. We are still answering the phones like we always have and always will, no matter what attacks we may face.
Coincidentally, we are currently enduring an extended period of targeted protest by the California based group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. Operation Save America has also come to Mississippi to harass our staff and our patients. Unfortunately by now we are all “used” to the yelling and shaming these groups frequently bring with them. And even though we are now stripped of part of what makes us feel secure, we will find ways to adapt. Maybe it will be adding barbed wire to the roof……slowly morphing into a fortress, both intimidating yet reassuring. Of course the goal of the anti-abortion terrorists is to transform a legal, safe, and common medical procedure into a fearful, and traumatic experience for everyone involved.
But we will always do whatever it takes to make sure our doors open every single Monday morning.
The Pink House is your house. Thank you all for all your continued love and support from around the country.”
This attack is not an isolated incident, an article from Slate points out:
“Rather, the vandalism is part of a general pattern throughout the country to intimidate and harass individual providers and shut down abortion clinics through the combined approach of restrictive laws and anti-abortion terrorism.”
“So far, this has not succeeded. Abortion clinic access has been drastically cut in the past several years, with severe consequences for women throughout the country. Six states, including Mississippi, have only one abortion clinic, but no state is completely without one.
The people who provide women safe and legal abortions in Mississippi deserve our praise for refusing to give in and for fighting for reproductive justice despite the vandalism this week and in the face of some of the harshest restrictions in the country.
But let’s not forget that this is not an isolated incident—this is a struggle that abortion providers nationwide endure.”