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Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life group in the uber-liberal capital city of Madison, had its headquarters targeted in what authorities are calling arson. Vandals also spray-painted graffiti with an explicitly threatening message.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the building but apparently failed to ignite.
A separate fire was started according to police. They have called the attack on Wisconsin Family Action’s headquarters “targeted.”
An outside portion of the building also had a warning for the pro-life group scrawled on the walls.
“If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either,” the graffiti reads.
Officials were investigating a fire at the headquarters of anti-abortion group Wisconsin Family Action that they said was arson. The building was spray-painted with the words, “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.”@7NewsDC DETAILS: https://t.co/8BgeyneqnA pic.twitter.com/7nUzPmj0gl
— Ashlie Rodriguez 7News (@Ashlie7News) May 9, 2022
Pro-Life Building Targeted by Arson
Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes released a statement Sunday indicating federal authorities are involved in the arson investigation at the headquarters of pro-life group Wisconsin Family Action.
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He spoke specifically about the political nature of the attack, referencing a recently leaked draft opinion indicating the landmark Roe v. Wade decision may be overturned by the Supreme Court.
“The Madison Police Department understands members of our community are feeling deep emotions due to the recent news involving the United States Supreme Court,” he said.
“Our department has and continues to support people being able to speak freely and openly about their beliefs,” Barnes continued. “But we feel that any acts of violence, including the destruction of property, do not aid in any cause.”
Additional graffiti spotted on the building includes an anarchist symbol and a coded anti-police slogan.
Reports indicate nobody was inside the building when the attack took place.
No one was injured, and officials are still working to determine how much damage the fire caused. The president of the group says she considers the fire a “direct threat against us”. A draft of a U.S.
— The Independent Review (@IndependentRVW) May 9, 2022
Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers condemned the attack and vowed to keep fighting the Supreme Court’s possible ruling on Roe v. Wade through peaceful means.
“We condemn violence and hatred in all forms, including the actions at Wisconsin Family Action in Madison last night,” Evers wrote on Twitter.
“We reject violence against any person for disagreeing with another’s view … We will work against overturning Roe and attacks on reproductive rights by leading with empathy and compassion,” he added.
We condemn violence and hatred in all forms, including the actions at Wisconsin Family Action in Madison last night. We reject violence against any person for disagreeing with another’s view.
Violence is not the way forward. Hurting others is never the answer.
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) May 8, 2022
The apparent arson attack on a pro-life group in Wisconsin comes on the same weekend churches were targeted for protests on Mother’s Day.
Last week, left-wing activists published the home addresses of six conservative Supreme Court Justices and called for protests at those locations.
The tactic worked, with dozens of protesters targeting the homes of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts who, according to the leaked draft, sided with liberals in a limited manner so as to uphold Roe.
Pro-abortion rights demonstrators gathered outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Chevy Chase, Maryland, on Saturday. Credit: @sandiespoons via Storyful pic.twitter.com/Pw8QpLdNmg
— WNCT (@wnct9) May 8, 2022
The arson attack on the pro-life building comes just days after President Joe Biden referred to conservative lawmakers as “the most extreme political organization in American history.”
Biden, saying over 70 million Americans are domestic terrorists: “What are the next things that are going to be attacked? Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history — in recent American history.” pic.twitter.com/cl5YyorX9K
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 4, 2022
When provided an opportunity to lower tensions in the country the White House declined, with press secretary Jen Psaki specifically failing to condemn protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.
When Fox News reporter Peter Doocy pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki on whether President Biden cares that protesters are planning to gather outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, she dodged.
“I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest,” she replied.
DOOCY: “These activists posted a map with the home addresses of the Supreme Court justices. Is that kind of thing this president wants…?”
PSAKI: “The reason people are protesting is because women across the country are worried about their fundamental rights.” pic.twitter.com/TCpXCOwfQR
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) May 5, 2022
Doocy later explained that he gave Psaki numerous opportunities to condemn the harassment and potential violence that could come from such activity.
“It seemed like it was pretty straightforward. I asked a couple of different ways and got the same answer, which is it’s okay to go to one of the conservative justices’ houses,” he said in an interview with Guy Benson. “Because we know you’re upset.”
Doocy called it “a potentially very combustible game that the White House is playing.”