Ohio woman pleads guilty to vandalizing prolife reproductive health clinic

An Ohio woman pleaded guilty to a felony charge of defaming a pro-life reproductive health clinic earlier this year, potentially facing prison for the act.

“The desecration of facilities that provide reproductive health services will not be tolerated in our society,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clark of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said of the request. “The Department of Justice is committed to enforcing the FACE Act to protect all patients who seek reproductive health services and all individuals and facilities that provide such services.”

Whitney M. Durant, also known as Soren Monroe, admitted to painting the words “LIARS,” “Fake Clinic,” “Fund Abortion,” “Abortion God” and “Jane’s Revenge” on the HerChoice clinic in Bowling Greens, Ohio. Durant, 20, was attending Bowling Green State University at the time of the April 15 incident.

Clark acknowledged the right to protest but stressed that such protest must remain peaceful and argued that Durant “crossed the line” by defaming the clinic, which does not provide abortion services or refer anyone to such services, according to the clinic’s website .

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Ohio voters also recently backed a referendum that would enshrine abortion in the state constitution as a guaranteed protection, but lawmakers have vowed to fight that decision.

HerChoice, a pregnancy center in Bowling Green, Ohio, was attacked by “Jane’s Revenge” and hit with anti-Christian and pro-abortion graffiti. (Photo courtesy of Fox News Digital)

HerChoice, also known as Bowling Green Pregnancy Center (BGPC), provides free pregnancy and STI testing, ultrasounds, parenting classes, and baby and toddler supplies.

The Justice Department charged Durant under the Free Access to Clinical Entries (FACE) Act, which prohibits a person from intentionally damaging or destroying the property of a facility because that facility provides reproductive health services.

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“As reflected in today’s guilty plea, the United States will enforce federal laws that protect continued access to all clinics providing reproductive health services, whether they provide women with options that include abortion care or merely encourage women to consider non-abortion alternatives,” said U.S. Attorney Rebecca Lutzko for the Northern District of Ohio.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Durant on July 5, and if convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after reviewing the various factors in the case, including all of Durant’s prior records, her role in the crime and the nature of the offenses.

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Durant will be sentenced on April 9, 2024. The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

At the time of the incident, HerChoice issued a statement saying, “We are grateful to local and federal law enforcement for their diligent work on our vandalism case, which resulted in federal charges.

“Our desire is for Bowling Green to be a peaceful community where diverse ideas can be communicated in respectful, non-violent ways. HerChoice was and will continue to be a place where women can turn to know their options and to know that they are not alone when faced with a pregnancy decision.”

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