The pro-life group Wisconsin Family Action had its headquarters attacked with two Molotov cocktails and graffiti following the decision by the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide. Authorities are investigating after groups of pro-abortion advocacy organizations identifying themselves as “Jane’s Revenge” claimed credit for vandalizing the headquarters of the pro-life advocacy group, vowing to carry out future attacks if their pro-life counterparts do not “disband.” The exterior of the pro-life organization’s headquarters was vandalized with graffiti, a molotov cocktail was thrown through a window and an office at the facility was set on fire. The incident at Wisconsin Family Action is one of several examples of violence directed at pro-life groups and churches following the decision.
Jane’s Revenge, which described itself as “not one group, but many,” attributed the act of vandalism to outrage over the Supreme Court opinion. The Madison Police Department said that it was aware that a group claimed responsibility for the attack and is working with federal law enforcement to determine the claim’s validity. A spokesperson for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told The Guardian that the agency is aware of the claims of responsibility but couldn’t offer further comment. The message began with an insistence that “this is not a declaration of war” as “war has been upon us for decades,” which “they did not want and did not provoke.” The group stated that “we been attacked for asking for basic medical care.” “Too long have we been shot, bombed, and forced into childbirth without consent,” the message stated.
The reported Jane’s Revenge communication said the vandalism at Wisconsin Family Action “was only a warning.” “We demand the disbanding of anti-choice establishments, fake clinics, and violent anti-choice groups within the next thirty days,” the group added. “This is not a mere ‘difference of opinion’ as some have framed it. We are literally fighting for our lives. We will not sit still while we are killed and forced into servitude.” The message proclaimed: “We have run thin on patience and mercy for those who seek to strip us of what little autonomy we have left” before accusing the pro-life movement of instigating violence in the forms of “bombing clinics and assassinating doctors with impunity.” The most notable example of violence against abortion doctors is the assassination of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller in 2009. Still, for the most part, violence against abortion clinics and doctors has been rare.
“Medical imperialism will not face a passive enemy,” the statement reads. “Wisconsin is the first flash-point, but we are all over the US, and we will issue no further warnings. And we will not stop, we will not back down, nor will we hesitate to strike until the inalienable right to manage our own health is returned to us.” Wisconsin Family Action had initially attributed the vandalism at its headquarters in Madison to “Anarchy 1312,” noting that a logo featuring the phrase was painted on one of its exterior walls. Last year, before the Supreme Court announced its intention to hear the challenge surrounding Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence included “ideological agendas in support of pro-life or pro-choice beliefs” on a list of domestic violent extremists that “pose an elevated threat to the homeland in 2021.” The document referred to them as “abortion-related domestic violence extremists.”
Examples of pro-abortion violence include the 2009 murder of pro-life activist Jim Pouillon and the 2016 arson at a pro-life pregnancy centre in New Mexico. The attack on the Wisconsin Family Action office is not the only incident of vandalism targeting pro-lifers since the Supreme Court decision. Other examples of such violence include the targeting of Catholic churches in Colorado and Texas with graffiti containing pro-abortion messages, the theft of the tabernacle at another and an arson attack at Oregon Right to Life’s headquarters. A series of protests are scheduled, with Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Women’s March collaborating to hold “Bans off our Bodies” events in Washington, D.C. and several other cities. At the same time, Students for Life of America plans to hold counter-protests in Washington and eight other cities.
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