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Tenney introduces legislation for pro-life pregnancy centers

Posted 7/30/22

Rep. Claudia L. Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, on Thursday introduced the Pregnancy Resource Center Defense Act to strengthen penalties for attacking pregnancy resource centers and …

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Tenney introduces legislation for pro-life pregnancy centers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Claudia L. Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, on Thursday introduced the Pregnancy Resource Center Defense Act to strengthen penalties for attacking pregnancy resource centers and places of worship. She was joined as an original cosponsor of the legislation by Rep. David McKinley, R-West Virginia, Don Bacon, R-Nebraska, Tracey Mann, R-Kansas, and Madison Cawthorn, R-North Carolina. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, introduced the bill in the Senate.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, pro-life pregnancy centers and places of worship have faced attacks from radical pro-abortion activists, said an announcement by Tenney’s office. At least 50 violent attacks against pro-life pregnancy centers and another 150 attacks against Christian churches have been recorded, the announcement said, adding a CompassCare Pregnancy Services in western New York was firebombed and threatened.

“Pro-life pregnancy centers provide lifesaving care to pregnant women in need,” said Tenney. “Radical pro-abortion terrorists have been targeting these pregnancy centers and Houses of Worship across the country in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe.”

Tenney’s office said the Pregnancy Resource Center Defense Act would protect pro-life pregnancy centers and places of worship by strengthening penalties for attackers and increasing the minimum amount due to a center or religious facility that is attacked and sues successfully, including:

  • Increasing criminal penalties from a misdemeanor to a felony for first-time offenses, and increasing the criminal fine from $10,000 to $25,000;
  • Guaranteeing that pregnancy resource centers and religious facilities that successfully sue will receive no less than $20,000, a $10,000 increase from current levels; and
  • Imposing a 7-year mandatory minimum when attacks involve arson.

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