A pro-life activist organization based in Texas that advocated for the state’s new abortion law received a bomb threat last Friday, leading police to evacuate the office as a precaution.
Texas Right to Life received an email last Friday that included a bomb threat, with a suspicious package being delivered to its headquarters in Bellaire later that day.
The Bellaire Police Department sent The Christian Post a statement about the situation on Monday, noting that the suspicious package ultimately did not include an explosive device.
“While Bellaire police officers were one scene, a U.S. Postal Service employee was delivering the mail and in that delivery was a suspicious package. Officers recognized the suspicious nature of the packaging and cleared the offices and the building,” stated the police department.
“Houston Police’s Bomb Squad was contacted and technicians responded to evaluate the package. After X-raying the package, it was discovered that the contents were inert.”
The Bellaire Police Department is continuing its investigation into the incident, explaining that bomb threats are a criminal offense classified as a “Terroristic Threat” and can be punishable with a fine of up to $4,000 and as much as a year in jail.
“Texas Right to Life did the right thing in contacting the police,” continued the police department’s statement. “It was fortunate that our officers were on scene when the suspicious package was delivered and we appreciate the occupants of the building working with police to quickly clear out in the event that this was an actual bomb.”
Soon after the incident, the pro-life group released a statement tying the bomb threat and other disparaging acts against them to the newly enacted Texas heartbeat abortion ban.
“A lot of people are still FURIOUS about the Texas Heartbeat Act. They’re trying to silence us. They despise us for even talking about a life-saving law,” stated Texas Right to Life.
“Their ire and vitriol won’t stop us from protecting pregnant women from the same lies. Their clamors won’t silence us from protecting babies.”
On Sept. 1, a Texas law that prohibits abortions in most circumstances after a baby’s heartbeat is detected, which is usually around six weeks into a pregnancy, took effect.
Known as Senate Bill 8 or the Texas Heartbeat Act, the law allows private citizens to sue anyone who performs illegal abortions or helps a woman obtain an illegal abortion.