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Pro-abortion student pleads guilty to pregnancy center attack, gets slap on the wrist


The Department of Justice once again shows its ideological bias by going easy on a violent member of the pro-abortion terror group Jane’s Revenge while showing no mercy to peaceful pro-lifers charged under the same law.

A self-described nonbinary socialist has pled guilty to vandalizing a pregnancy center in Ohio. Whitney Durant, who goes by the name Soren Monroe, was charged in July with a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act after she spray-painted pro-abortion slogans on HerChoice, a pregnancy center in Bowling Green, Ohio.

The phrases included “Fake Clinic,” “Fund Abortion,” “LIARS,” “Abort God,” and “Jane’s Revenge.”

Jane’s Revenge is a pro-abortion terrorist network associated with Antifa that has taken credit for numerous attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers, including several firebombings. Jane’s Revenge also called for an “open season” on pro-life clinics if they did not close their doors.

The day after the vandalism, Durant and the Bowling Green Students Rights Union, a liberal organization she founded, posted a profanity-laced response to news coverage of the vandalism in which she expressed support for “direct action” by members of the community and disparaged HerChoice as spreaders of misinformation.

Durant has also allegedly disrupted pro-life events and accused pro-life students of violence.

Despite the vandalism and connection to a terror group, Durant was only charged with a misdemeanor and faces a maximum of one year in prison.

On December 8, Durant pled guilty to the charges.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division issued a statement, saying that “Defacing facilities that provide reproductive health services will not be tolerated in our society. The Justice Department is committed to enforcing the FACE Act to protect all patients who seek reproductive health services and all persons and facilities that provide such services.”

U.S. Attorney Rebecca Lutzko for the Northern District of Ohio also issued a statement. It read:

“As reflected by today’s guilty plea, the United States will enforce federal laws that protect uninterrupted access to all clinics providing reproductive health services, whether they provide women with options that include abortion care or whether they solely encourage women to consider non-abortion alternatives. Here, the vandalized clinic did not provide abortion care, but that did not give the defendant license to deface the clinic’s property in protest, violating federal law in the process.”

The FACE Act is intended to protect both abortion clinics and pro-life pregnancy centers, as well as churches, from being attacked, damaged, or destroyed. It also prohibits anyone from blocking the entrance to those facilities.

HerChoice does not provide abortions or abortion referrals, which it openly states on its website. It does provide many free services. HerChoice has a staff that includes registered nurses and medical sonographers. It provides pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, sexually transmitted infection testing, information on choices available to pregnant women, free birth classes, and free parenting classes. It also gives “all the infant and toddler supplies moms need to take care of their babies.”

This case is one more example of how justice is meted out differently depending on your ideology. While pro-abortion advocate Whitney Durant will face no more than one year in prison for her violent FACE Act violation against a pregnancy center, pro-lifers charged with FACE Act violations for praying and peacefully conducting sit-ins at abortion clinics were recently sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Despite their statements, the DOJ has shown clear favoritism towards FACE Act violations involving abortion clinics and ongoing disdain for pro-lifers. The attack on HerChoice was one of nearly 100 incidents of vandalism and threats against pro-life pregnancy centers since May 2022, when pro-abortion activists learned through a leak that the Roe v. Wade decision would be overturned, and yet only a handful of arrests have been made. Meanwhile, pro-life activists have had their homes raided by SWAT teams and elderly women are serving prison sentences so lengthy they may ultimately prove to be life sentences.

It is good that the DOJ has identified and prosecuted some of those who have vandalized pregnancy care clinics. Yet the disparate handling of the activists shows that the DOJ does not view pro-abortion activists nearly as negatively as it views pro-life activists.

Whitney Durant is clearly a confused and angry young woman who needs the prayers of those she has contempt for. After years of brainwashing by the university system, social media, and her woke, socialist comrades, she appears to have no ability to think for herself and is just one more ideologically captured “useful idiot” that Marxist and anarchist groups like Antifa and Jane’s Revenge seek out and successfully recruit to do their dirty work.

Let’s pray that this opportunity to spend some reflective time alone, hopefully with a Bible, will ultimately lead her away from a life of destruction and on to the better, narrow path of Christ’s salvation and purposes.

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