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Pro-life centers in nearly half of U.S. states have been attacked following a premature leak of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson, but the FBI’s plans to address threats of past or future violence, especially if the high court overturns Roe v. Wade, are not clear.
Ever since a leaked opinion surfaced, churches, crisis pregnancy centers, and billboards openly support protecting life in the womb have sustained vitriolic attacks, vandalism with pro-abortion mantras, and been burned to the ground by arsonists.
Even student activists advocating for saving preborn babies are suffering bullying and brutality from their classmates. One pro-life student in New Jersey sustained minor injuries after pro-abortion classmates physically attacked her for holding a sign calling for “Equal Rights For Babies in the Womb.”
This is where the FBI often comes in when the victims are favorable to the political left, but so far, the same agency that flocked to Talladega Superspeedway over hate crime allegations that a garage pull cord was a noose designed to target NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and spied on a presidential candidate because Hillary Clinton said he colluded with Russians doesn’t seem to have the same urgency about life-forward centers that care and advocate for mothers and babies.
There are many open calls for violence against Supreme Court justices and anyone who believes unborn babies have a right to life. The Department of Homeland Security warned in a May memo of future threats that may come from a “broader ideological spectrum” than they previously notated.
To put it simply, DHS, the same agency that established a disinformation governance board headed by a Russia collusion hoaxer acknowledged that “grievances related to restricting abortion access could fuel violence by pro-choice abortion-related violent extremists and other [domestic violent extremists]” are finally on their radar.
Yet at the time DHS issued this memo, multiple pro-life centers had already been vandalized and harmed by what appeared to be pro-abortion activists. A mysterious anarchist-connected group called Jane’s Revenge took responsibility for some of these attacks, including one on the Wisconsin Family Action building. That burned after aggravators graffitied the walls with ominous messages and threw Molotov cocktails. They also threatened to continue “adopt increasingly extreme tactics to maintain freedom over our own bodies” and carry those out across the United States
The FBI field office in Milwaukee reportedly joined local law enforcement for an investigation into the Wisconsin bombardment but told The Federalist that the Madison Police Department “remains the lead agency for information and updates on the investigation.” When asked whether the FBI plans to investigate Jane’s Revenge, a spokeswoman told The Federalist that “As a matter of longstanding policy, the FBI does not comment upon the existence or the nonexistence of any investigation.”
Other pro-life centers that experienced damage from similar attacks involving lit Molotov cocktails including Oregon Right Life in Keizer, Oregon, however, did not appear to have the benefit of an investigation. The FBI field office in Oregon told The Federalist that “the FBI cannot confirm the existence of an investigation” into the break-in and fire that damaged the ORL building.
Not only have the feds overlooked some of these crimes but corporate media, which loves to highlight every time an abortion clinic feels threatened, has been relatively silent.
DHS claims that it, in partnership with the FBI, will “continue to share timely and actionable information and intelligence with the broadest audience possible,” but where is the information on this group that has threatened to strike again?
“While we have no comment on any specific incidents, the FBI remains vigilant and continues to work every day with our law enforcement partners to detect and disrupt any potential threats of violence in our communities,” the FBI told The Federalist in a statement. “As always, we remind members of the public that should they become aware of any suspicious activity to immediately contact law enforcement.”
Pro-life centers and churches openly fear more violence and destruction in wake of the imminent Dobbs v. Jackson ruling but their resources for protection and prevention are already limited by their own states.
Even though pregnancy centers, including one that was set on fire in Buffalo, are clearly at risk if the court decides to overturn Roe, Democrat-led states such as New York are focused on funneling $35 million in taxpayer funds to beef up security at abortion facilities instead.
That combined with the FBI and DHS’s vague plans to prevent attempts to browbeat pro-life organizations and people leaves organizations that advocate for life and take care of babies and mothers vulnerable.
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.