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The Bellaire, Texas Police Department is investigating threats against Texas Right to Life after police dispatched a bomb squad to the scene on Friday amid multiple online and voicemail threats wishing for rape and death of the organization’s pro-life employees as a result of Texas’ abortion law.
“We take these kinds of threats very seriously,” Bellaire Police Chief Onesimo Lopez told Fox News on Sunday. “Our Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the threats and will follow up on any leads that develop.”
“No other information is available at this time,” Lopez added.
The Bellaire Police Department sent a bomb squad to investigate a suspicious package at Texas Right to Life on Friday after the pro-life group received multiple threats, Fox 4 News reported. Local police evacuated the building and called in the Houston Police Bomb Team to examine the package, which was found not to contain an explosive device.
Bellaire police confiscated the package and warned the public that making a bomb threat is a criminal offence. Those convicted of a “terrorist threat” face a fine of up to $4,000 and nearly a year in prison.
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“We take all these threats very seriously,” Kimberlyn Schwartz, director of media and communications at Texas Right to Life, told Fox News in an interview Sunday. “We report them all to the local police.”
She said Texas Right to Life received more threats after the implementation of SB8, the Texas Abortion Law which allows private citizens to bring a civil action against an abortionist, or someone who aids and abets abortion, if the abortion provider detected the heartbeat of the unborn baby before performing the procedure, or if he refuses to check the heart rate after about six weeks. gestation. Many abortion activists have condemned the law as effectively reversing Roe v. Wade from 1973, because many women often don’t realize they are pregnant until they are over six weeks gestation.
Schwartz said the pro-life group hired 24/7 security at the office and set up cameras to monitor the building. She added that Texas Right to Life staff have changed their daily routines to improve safety.
“It certainly had a physical and emotional impact on many of us – especially at the very beginning of these really serious threats – to the point where we would fear for our safety, that of our homes and our children,” added the spokesperson. “It definitely had an impact on us personally.”
“It’s heartbreaking to see the violence people can have in their hearts,” Schwartz said. She noted that Texas Right to Life has “always” condemned threats against abortion clinic workers, which she also called “heartbreaking.”
Schwartz sent Fox News several photos and voicemails containing profane and disturbing messages and threats that Texas Right to Life received. Even the disturbing sample Fox News received represented a small portion of the “shocking and appalling” messages and threats, she said.
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On September 7 at 9:34 p.m., a user submitted a “patient advocacy request” with a direct bomb threat. In the “additional notes” section of the request, the user wrote, “A bomb is being mailed from Portland. You should consider this warning as your only notice. Enjoy the next five days.”
A social media user sent Texas Right to Life a message with a “short tutorial on how to tie a noose”, encouraging staff members to “please follow instructions, get a noose, put your neck in the hole, then let your body hang down by the neck.”
“Hope you get your due soon, scum of the earth,” the user added, before identifying himself as “someone who doesn’t care about women.”
An email – with the subject “BURN IN HELL B****ES” – added the disturbing message “tic tac”.
Another email – with the subject “your wonderful new law” – wished death on the entire organization. “I hope whoever reads this and everyone who works on it dies a painful death, ASAP. Have a nice day, scum,” the sender wrote.
“You’re f**king sh*ts. I wish you and your families the best,” an angry voicemail ran. “You can rot in hell when you die. As long as it lasts. I don’t know. I hope you have a short life, though. Like you’re on a plane, I hope it crashes If you’re in a car, I hope it crashes…. You should have had an abortion.
Some callers have called pro-life activists “child molesters” and “pedophiles.”
Other voicemails insulted the Christian faith (Texas Right to Life is a Christian organization, although Schwartz noted that many non-Christians also oppose abortion on scientific and moral grounds).
“Guess what, honey, the Lord is not going to save you because there is none. Because Jesus was not white, the apostles were not white, the Bible has been rewritten so many f —ing times…Jesus is a figment of your fucking imagination,” one caller shouted. “Don’t push your fucking bullshit religion on us, all of us. … You are a fucking cult.”
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When Fox News asked Schwartz which of the posts shocked her the most, she replied, “Those who ate babies were the most horrible.”
“Hi, is it okay to eat babies?” one caller said, suggesting “you’re not allowed to do anything until they’re born. Once they’re born, is it okay to eat them? That might solve the hunger problem.
Another caller talked about “pickle” the babies and eat them with “chili” because “I love Satan so much”.
Schwartz attributed the threats to the desperation of pro-abortion activists. She noted that abortion clinics have temporarily halted abortions in Texas to avoid liability under SB8.
“They can’t stand that we save about 100 babies a day with the Texas Heartbeat Act,” the pro-life spokeswoman said. “Anti-life activists can’t stand this.”
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Schwartz attributed the attacks to a form of “spiritual warfare”. She said that despite the disgusting and terrifying messages, “We are not discouraged. We have faith in God. We believe our work is for the kingdom of God. I think God prepared us for this a long time ago.”
Despite all the negative messaging, Schwartz also said the pro-life group had received an outpouring of support, with people “stepping up and offering to help, with prayers, donations or volunteering”.