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Monday, July 18, 2022
Pregnancy Clinic Director Tells Congress the Center had to Hire Security, Install Bullet-Proof Walls Due to Attacks
I wrote about the gross statements from pro-infanticide witnesses at a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The committee also heard from Heidi Matzke, director of the Alternatives Pregnancy Center in California. The clinic has come under attack after Politico published a leaked opinion from Justice Alito overturning Roe v. Wade.
The attacks increased after SCOTUS officially overturned Roe. The left and radicals, including President Joe Biden, encouraged people to keep protesting.
“Pregnancy care centers from coast to coast are being targeted for violent assaults of vandalism, and hateful attacks online and in the media,” Heidi Matzke, the director of the Alternatives Pregnancy Center in California, said Tuesday during the hearing. “Just last week… a man approached our care center with an armed machete.”
“We have been forced to hire 24-hour on site security. We have had to reinforce doors and bullet-proof our walls,” Matzke continued. “We’ve had to paint our building with anti-graffiti coating. We’ve added cameras, armed our staff with pepper spray and stopped running our mobile clinic because of threats of violence.”
She added: “The amount of money that we’ve had to spend so we can protect ourselves just so we can offer free services to women is unbelievable.”
Unlike (un)Planned Parenthood these pregnancy centers help women during and after their pregnancies. The centers provide most, if not all, medical services needed for the woman and baby during the pregnancy. The centers also guide and support the woman through the adoption process if she decides not to keep her baby. But if she decides to keep her baby the center will help her and the baby after birth.
So it grieves me that since the Supreme Court announced its Dobbs decision, a great deal of misinformation has been spread about who we are and what we do, so let me share with you some of the facts. Our clinic is one of nearly 3,000 pregnancy care centers serving women across America. Each year, hundreds of thousands come to our clinics looking for free medical care, emotional support and practical resources, that will enable them to carry their pregnancies to term.
Our clinic alone in Sacramento provides over $1 million of free medical services each year to women who come to us. We charge them nothing. That means we never financially benefit from any choice a woman makes. We make no profit of any kind off the women who turn to us for help. We offer pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, pre-natal visits up to 24 weeks, well-woman visits.
We test for sexually transmitted diseases. We offer abortion pill reversal services, abortion recovery counseling, and parenting classes, and if finances are a problem, we have diapers, wipes, baby formula, baby food, baby clothing, baby supplies, and if a woman needs a hotel room, we provide that as well. We pay for all of that.
It doesn’t matter who she is, where she comes from, or what her past is. At our center, all medical services are provided by a staff of licensed medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, and medical assistants.
They are deeply compassionate people, because most of them have experienced abortion for themselves. Our OB/GYN doctor was an abortionist. When a woman comes in so afraid of what an unplanned pregnancy might mean for her life, her ambitions, her relationships, we do not urge her to make any decision.
We listen. We try to hear her heart. We offer professional services and emotional support. Whether she chooses parenting, adoption, or abortion, we continue to be there for her for years if necessary. Many women choose abortion, because they lack the resources and support they need to confidently choose to parent.