Alleged BG pregnancy center vandal enters ‘not guilty’ plea

Alleged BG pregnancy center vandal facing federal charges
Published: Jul. 5, 2023 at 10:26 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2023 at 1:51 PM EDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) - A woman who allegedly vandalized the side of a pregnancy center in Bowling Green pleaded not guilty to federal charges Friday.

Court documents show Whitney Durant, who goes by Soren Monroe, has been charged with a federal crime for intentionally damaging property at HerChoice, a pregnancy center in Bowling Green. According to court documents, the 20-year-old Bowling Green State University student used spray paint to deface the clinic’s building.

Because the clinic provides reproductive health services, Durant has been charged with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act of 1994. The act made it a federal crime to physically obstruct the entrance to a clinic or use for force, the threat of force or physical obstruction, or intimidate clinic workers or women seeking abortions or other reproductive health services.

The maximum sentence for the charge is one year in prison.

The City of Bowling Green says on April 15, the front of the building housing the pregnancy center was defaced with spray-painted words. Among the comments spray painted was an allusion to “Jane’s Revenge,” an abortion rights group alleged to have been involved in other similar incidents around the country.

HerChoice Pregnancy Center told 13 Action News in a statement:

“We are grateful to local and federal law enforcement for diligently working our vandalism case which has led to federal charges being filed. Our desire is for Bowling Green to be a peaceful community where diverse ideas can be communicated in respectful, non-violent ways. HerChoice has been and will continue to be a place where women can turn to know their options and to know that they are not alone when facing a pregnancy decision.”

Durant is scheduled to appear before a judge Friday.

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