While testifying before the Senate on Tuesday, the president of a pro-life pregnancy center in California revealed that her organization had to increase its security after a leftist agitator with a machete showed up at their door.
Heidi Matzke, president of the Alternatives Pregnancy Center in California, told lawmakers Tuesday that her clinic has had to make a number of serious changes following a run-in with an armed man.
“Just last week … a man approached our care center with an armed machete,” Matzke said. “We have been forced to hire 24-7 on-site security. We’ve had to reinforce doors and bulletproof our walls.”
Matzke’s testimony came during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Since the court’s ruling in June, life-affirming pregnancy centers have become a frequent target of pro-abortion extremists.
During the hearing, Matzke lamented how the increased threat of violence has affected the services her clinic is able to offer.
“We’ve added cameras, armed our staff with pepper spray and stopped running our mobile clinic because of threats of violence,” she said. “We have been forced to expend valuable resources, resources for women, of up to $150,000 just to protect ourselves.”
While Republican lawmakers have roundly condemned the violence and harassment directed towards pro-life clinics, Democrats in Congress have been less willing to do so. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) egged on pro-abortion leftists, claiming that life-affirming pregnancy centers “fool” and “torture” pregnant women.
“In Massachusetts right now, those crisis pregnancy centers, that are there to fool people who are looking for pregnancy termination help, outnumber true abortion clinics by three to one,” the progressive senator said.
“We need to shut them down in Massachusetts, and we need to shut them down all around the country,” Warren continued. “You should not be able to torture a pregnant person like that.”
Responding to Warren, Matzke said the senator’s comments were “horrific.” “Pregnancy centers give away $266 million of free medical services and resources to communities all over this wonderful country. And her words are just incredibly hurtful,” Matzke said.