Anti-abortion activists ransacked SF clinic, stalked health care provider

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Workplace has submitted costs versus the leader of a infamous anti-abortion team after it allegedly “invaded” a clinic at San Francisco Standard Medical center and stalked and harassed a health practitioner.

Aaron Jonathan Hurley, a Los Angeles resident, faces a felony stalking demand and multiple vandalism and trespassing prices — which includes a misdemeanor “obstructing freedom of obtain to a clinic” cost — after an alleged dayslong marketing campaign in which he and other anti-abortion activists harassed a physician and clients searching for reproductive treatment. The costs ended up filed Thursday by District Lawyer Chesa Boudin’s office.

In accordance to a information launch supplied by the office environment, Hurley is a member of Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising. The team obtained nationwide notoriety previous month when it claimed to have taken 115 fetuses from Curtis Bay, a Baltimore-centered clinical waste business, for burial. (The health-related firm told neighborhood news station WUSA that it is from company coverage to transportation fetal stays.)

On March 13, the launch said, Hurley, together with other people, allegedly desecrated a “Madonna and Child” statue at the hospital — covering it with phony blood and stickers with the doctor’s identify listed. 

A working day later, a team of anti-abortion activists allegedly ransacked the Women’s Options Middle at the healthcare facility, where by the physician is considered to be employed. A single of the users allegedly pretended to be “in need to have of counseling to illegally achieve access” to the clinic, the assertion browse. While a nurse was chatting to her, Hurley and other trespassers allegedly barged via the clinic doorways and started filming and harassing patients and workers. They chanted, “We know who you are, we know what you do.” 

They also allegedly tried to break into functioning rooms.

Later that day, Hurley and other men and women went to the doctor’s home — allegedly inserting stickers on the front doorway of the doctor’s property and of neighbors’ houses that browse “a killer life in your neighborhood.” Flyers were being also allegedly plastered all-around the community with a QR code to a website figuring out the physician and listing “false, inflammatory” claims about abortion.

The medical doctor, fearing their basic safety, modified their “entire private routine” to evade the anti-abortion activists.

“Reproductive legal rights are below assault throughout the country — and listed here in San Francisco. Suitable below in our city, medical professionals who provide crucial wellbeing treatment together with susceptible individuals are getting stalked at their households and destinations of function,” Boudin explained in a assertion. “My place of work will unconditionally secure all health care vendors and females who training their constitutional proper to request abortion or other reproductive wellness treatment.”

Hurley will be arraigned Thursday afternoon.