Burned down pregnancy center in New York under investigation – for not offering abortion services – Catholic World Report

CompassCare, a pro-life pregnancy center near Buffalo, New York, was badly damaged by fire and spray-painted with pro-abortion graffiti on June 7, 2022. / CompassCare

Washington, DC Newsroom, June 20, 2022 / 5:08 p.m. (CNA).

As Jim Harden waits for those responsible for the fire at the pro-life CompassCare pregnancy center he runs in upstate New York to be brought to justice, he faces another unexpected investigation – into the clinic itself.

One of many pro-abortion measures New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law on June 13 authorizes the state’s health commissioner, currently Dr. Mary T. Bassett, to conduct a comprehensive study of pro-life pregnancy centers like CompassCare that do not provide abortion services.

The survey will assess the impact that so-called “limited-service pregnancy centers” have on women’s access to “accurate, non-coercive health care information” and “a full range of pregnancy services”. reproductive and sexual health care,” the legislation reads. A final report is expected in December 2023.

Harden, CEO of CompassCare, told CNA that the state wants him to pass on information about donors, patients, service processes, affiliates, and more. from CompassCare. Meanwhile, no arrests have been made in the June 7 firebombing and vandalism of the clinic, located in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, New York.

“They want to know everything and anything. They want an open book,” said Harden, who has no intention of complying. “It’s absolutely ironic and crazy.”

CompassCare is one of many pro-life pregnancy centers that have been vandalized over the past two months in response to a leaked draft decision in a Mississippi abortion case that calls for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide. The FBI confirmed Friday that it was investigating the attacks.

On EWTN’s “The World Over” show with Raymond Arroyo on June 16, Harden challenged New York’s law calling pro-life pregnancy centers “limited.” He said that abortion clinics are actually the ones that offer a limited service because they only provide one service: abortion.

“The only intention here is to write more laws to regulate us,” he told Arroyo. You can watch the full interview in the video above.

CompassCare provides women with free basic OB-GYN care, pregnancy diagnostic services, sexually transmitted disease (STD) treatment, and abortion pill reversal care. More information is available on the center’s website.

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