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Vandalism at Miss. Abortion Clinic Will Not Deter Services, Director Says

Vandalism at Miss. Abortion Clinic Will Not Deter Services, Director Says

March 25, 2015 — The only abortion clinic in Mississippi is continuing to see patients after the building was vandalized this weekend, according to the clinic's director, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.

Incident Details

Over the weekend, one of the security cameras at the Jackson Women's Health Organization was pulled down from the building. Clinic employees were able to view surveillance videos that showed the intruder on the premises.

JWHO Director Shannon Brewer said the cord to the camera had been cut and that there were signs of tampering on a second camera.

Jackson Police Department spokesperson Colendula Green said police are reviewing security tapes and investigating the incident as malicious mischief.

Clinic Response

Brewer said that intimidation tactics will not deter clinic workers from providing services. "I think whoever it was is trying to disrupt our seeing patients this week," she said.

Brewer said that national antiabortion-rights groups are in town for the next few weeks and plan to protest at the clinic on Thursday, although it is not clear if there is any connection to the vandalism. An official from one of the groups said its protesters are not in town yet, while the other group did not return requests for comment, the Clarion-Ledger reports (Apel, Jackson Clarion-Ledger, 3/24).