- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A pro-life pregnancy center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was set on fire Tuesday evening in what fire department officials said was an intentional act of arson.

Multiple fires were set from within the Project Defending Life building at around midnight, sources told Students for Life of America, including one in a chapel housed within the building and another in a room containing pro-life literature.

Pictures of the scene show the charred remains of church pews and heavily smoke-damaged walls and ceilings.

“We are disgusted by this hate crime committed against Project Defending Life, a peaceful organization whose only aim is to help women facing unplanned pregnancies, and we are so thankful that no one was injured,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said in a statement. “The domestic terrorist who committed this heinous act must be found and brought to justice.”

The fire department later confirmed to Students For Life of America that the incident constituted intentional arson. The FBI is reportedly opening an investigation into the matter.

The fires have the pro-life pregnancy center, which sits across the street from a Planned Parenthood and less than four miles away from a late-term abortion facility, inoperable. While its doors remain closed, pro-life volunteers have promised to provide sidewalk counseling and station a mobile pregnancy center at the site.

“It is essential that Project Defending Life’s doors be opened back up as soon as possible because so many women are in need of help, compassion and love,” Ms. Hawkins said.

The Students for Life of America chapter at nearby University of New Mexico frequently volunteers at Project Defending Life.

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