Refuse left by campers litters the porch of the Mother and Child Education Center in Northeast Portland. (Courtesy Mother and Child Education Center)
Refuse left by campers litters the porch of the Mother and Child Education Center in Northeast Portland. (Courtesy Mother and Child Education Center)
Maura White has never felt so angry.

Virulent vandals on May 9 smeared human feces around the Northeast Portland Mother and Child Education Center, the nonprofit White leads. It covered a mural that signifies care and love. Piles sat everywhere. Some was pushed into the lock.

Someone tried to start a fired on the porch.

With Catholic roots, the center offers classes for new parents, free baby supplies, clothing and food. The place seeks to offer support in lieu of abortions.

All that had to be delayed for a day so volunteers could conduct a disgusting cleanup.

Three days later, someone scuttled security devices.

White said the perpetrators could have been one of two groups. Homeless campers had been moved from the property in recent days and could have been upset. But the center also had been threatened by pro-abortion activists in the wake of the early May leaked Supreme Court draft indicating that a national abortion right might be overturned. Antifa had tweeted out the address, and the FBI is investigating.

The latter scenario might fit recent attacks at a Southeast Portland pregnancy resource center and Oregon Right to Life in Salem.

White said in the past guests and volunteers had been forced to walk over people sleeping on the porch. Bottles of wine and vodka and used syringes littered the property.

Police and street response units have helped, but the problems just return, White said. She is asking community members to keep an eye out, including shoppers at Trader Joe’s next door.

A new camera and night security guard are now in place.