Bomb Threat Made to Texas Right to Life Building 9 Days After Abortion Law Enacted

A bomb threat was made to a building housing the Texas Right to Life organization on Friday, just nine days after a new state abortion bill, known as the Heartbeat Act, went into effect.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, Bellaire Police Chief Onesimo Lopez said that the Bellaire Police Department first received a call from Texas Right to Life at approximately 10:15 a.m. local time this morning "regarding an emailed bomb threat."

Shortly after police received the call, several Bellaire police officers arrived on scene and noticed a U.S. Postal Service employee delivering mail to the building. In the statement sent to Newsweek, police said that there was a "suspicious package" among the mail that was being delivered to the building.

"Officers recognized the suspicious nature of the packaging and cleared the offices and the building," Lopez said in the statement. "Houston Police's Bomb Squad was contacted and technicians responded to evaluate the package."

According to police, after the officers intercepted the package, they conducted an X-ray. After the X-ray investigation, officers discovered that the contents of the package "were inert," police said.

The package was collected by the Bellaire Police Department, who will continue to investigate. Lopez said in the statement that making a bomb threat is considered a criminal offense and "punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and up to a year in jail."

"Texas Right to Life did the right thing in contacting the police," Lopez said. "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."

In a tweet on Friday, the Texas Right to Life account wrote, "Texas Right to Life received a bomb threat & a suspicious package in our office today...Praise God, the item was NOT a bomb, and all of our employees are safe."

The tweet continued, "Please continue to pray for the wellbeing of our staff."

Texas Right to Life received a bomb threat & a suspicious package in our office today.

Police immediately came to the scene and evacuated everyone.

Praise God, the item was NOT a bomb, and all of our employees are safe.

Please continue to pray for the wellbeing of our staff.

— Texas Right to Life (Text ProLife to 40237) (@TXRightToLife) September 10, 2021

The bomb threat made to Texas Right to Life comes just over a week after the Heartbeat Act was enacted in the state. The bill, which has become widely controversial, bans abortions in the state after the sixth week of pregnancy. Additionally, the bill also allows private citizens to file lawsuits against citizens that "aid or abet," an abortion. Texas Right to Life is the biggest anti-abortion organization in Texas.

Shortly after the bill went into effect, Texas faced backlash from many in favor of pro-abortion rights. On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland said that the abortion bill was "clearly unconstitutional," and announced that the Justice Department was filing a lawsuit against the state.

In response to the lawsuit, Texas Governor Greg Abbott's spokesperson Renae Eze said that the governor was confident the law will be upheld, according to the Associated Press.

"Texas passed a law that ensures that the life of every child with a heartbeat will be spared from the ravages of abortion," Eze said, according to the Associated Press.

Texas Abortion Protest
A bomb threat was reported at the building housing Texas Right to Life on Friday, September 10, 2021. Above, pro-life protesters stand near the gate of the Texas state capitol at a protest outside the Texas state capitol on May 29, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Sergio Flores/Getty

Update September 10, 2021, 5:18 p.m. ET: This article was updated to include a tweet from Texas Right to Life.