Wichita KS – Yesterday, a worker at the crisis pregnancy center next door to our National Headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, received a suspicious letter from France containing only a white powdery substance. The worker double-bagged the letter in zip-lock bags and brought it to our office for our help.
Troy Newman immediately called the FBI, who mobilized all the agencies that were needed to respond to such an emergency. Our parking lot was filled with FBI agents, Wichita Police officers and Fire fighters, and hazmat personnel. Even McConnell Air Force base was involved.
The area was surrounded by crime scene tape secured. The crisis pregnancy center was evacuated and we were locked down in our office.
After hours of testing, it was determined that the letter contained 90% baking powder and 10% an unknown substance. It has been taken to a laboratory in Topeka for further testing. Authorities continue to investigate. Making even a fake threat like this is a serious crime punishable with jail time and a $250,000 fine.
“Someone obviously was trying to scare and intimidate us, but attacks like this only strengthen our resolve to keep working to protect all life,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
“We really appreciate all the men and women from Local, State and Federal agencies who responded to our call and went to exceptional lengths to make sure we were all safe. Everyone was very courteous and professional and made a difficult time for us as easy as possible. We are thankful everyone is okay and no one was hurt,” said Newman.