As we've been covering at Townhall, pro-abortion activists have taken to threatening and even committing violence, as well as protesting at the homes of Supreme Court justices. Catholic Churches and pro-life organizations have also been targeted in the process, though the Biden administration has failed to sufficiently call it out (update below). Such incidents have been planned and carried out after a draft opinion indicating the U.S. Supreme Court is looking to overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked last week.
BREAKING: Somebody vandalized and allegedly threw Molotov cocktails into Wisconsin Family Action’s — an anti-abortion rights group — Madison office, writing w/ graffiti, “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.”— Alexander Shur (@AlexanderShur) May 8, 2022
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Some videos: pic.twitter.com/fnIEFF3Ir1— Alexander Shur (@AlexanderShur) May 8, 2022
More photos from the scene: pic.twitter.com/XlgEiZLrno— Alexander Shur (@AlexanderShur) May 8, 2022
At some point on late Saturday or early Sunday, the headquarters of Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life organization in Madison, was vandalized, leading "Molotov" to trend on Twitter over Sunday.
Alexander Shur, of Wisconsin State Journal, wrote about the incident, as well as tweeted some footage of the damage. As he explained in his report:
Investigators are calling the fire at the building, on Madison's North Side near the Dane County Regional Airport, an arson.
Julaine Appling, president of the lobbying and advocacy organization, said she and events coordinator Diane Westphall were getting ready for a Mother's Day brunch in Watertown when a building staff member informed her of the break-in. A person on the way to the airport before dawn saw smoke rising from the building and called police, Appling said.
Police said flames were seen coming from the building shortly after 6 a.m. Nobody was hurt.
Arriving at the office at 2801 International Lane at the same time as a reporter, two staff persons from the group found shattered glass from a broken window covering a corner office riddled with burned books. The smell of smoke persisted for hours after the fire, which damaged the corner office carpet and the wall beneath the window.
The outside of the building was also sprayed with graffiti depicting an anarchy symbol, a coded anti-police slogan and the phrase, "If abortions aren't safe then you aren't either."
"What you're going to see here is a direct threat against us," Appling said. The incident comes just days after a leaked U.S. Supreme Court opinion revealed a majority of the high court had agreed to overturn the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion across the country. "Imagine if somebody had been in the office when this happened. They would have been hurt."
Appling said police found remnants of at least one Molotov cocktail.
Police said a Molotov cocktail was thrown inside the building but did not ignite. It appears a separate fire was started after that, police said.
Madison Police Department Chief Shon Barnes said in a statement that the department is working on the arson investigation with federal officials and the Madison Fire Department.
Andy Ngô replied to Shur's thread, pointing out that some of the graffiti is consistent with Antifa symbols.
The graffiti message suggests a far-left terrorism motive, particularly by antifa. They’ve already declared pro-life groups & activists to be targets of violence, with some releasing addresses on Twitter that have already been acted upon. pic.twitter.com/Uc2TZk9iU1— Andy Ngô ?????? (@MrAndyNgo) May 8, 2022
He also posted from his own Twitter account that we can expect more attacks from Antifa when it comes to targeting pro-life groups and pregnancy resource centers. This is consistent with threats that pro-abortion groups have been making.
Far-left accounts on Twitter have been posting locations of pregnancy resource centers to be targeted as revenge for the Supreme Court draft opinion. Some centers have already been vandalized & even set on fire. #Antifa have praised those attacks & are calling for more. #abortion pic.twitter.com/ilR33Gyo3h— Andy Ngô ?????? (@MrAndyNgo) May 8, 2022
#Antifa have been sharing addresses of anti-abortion targets on Twitter (& within their cells). They’re praising attacks that have been carried out & are advocating for more. They call pro-life Christians, “Christofascists” & believe they must be attacked. https://t.co/RklEI0Eklx pic.twitter.com/ip6WEl2E8j— Andy Ngô ?????? (@MrAndyNgo) May 8, 2022
Many were quick to reply in the comments with delight about the act of violence, which is consistent with other tweets encouraging or celebrating violence. This is from random Twitter users and verified accounts alike.
If this wasn’t obviously an inside job it would be cool— Dial M for Morbius! (@antitractionist) May 8, 2022
They want a civil war. pic.twitter.com/iKiprKRaV4— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) May 8, 2022
Others claimed the pro-life group faked the attack, in part due to the handwriting.
Totally FAKED.— KrisS ?? Your Vote, Your Voice ?? (@MplsMe) May 8, 2022
There's not even any melted fabric, etc, there.
Guess someone wanted to draw attention to themselves, so created false flag event to gain publicity. And you bit.
This is what a REAL Molotov cocktail does (wait for it - interior shot):https://t.co/2G80p3Pudf
It could almost be mistaken for modern farmhouse home decor— Kristin Potter Ramirez (COMMISSIONS OPEN) (@Brite_Eyez80) May 8, 2022
I like that they took the time to write it all out in cursive, too.— Aurora Dawn ?? ?? (@AuroraO83) May 8, 2022
Something a “vandal” in a hurry would definitely do.
To his credit, Wisconsin's Gov. Tony Evers, a pro-abortion Democratic, quickly released a statement, condemning the violence.
We will work against overturning Roe and attacks on reproductive rights by leading with empathy and compassion. We will defend what we believe in with our words and our voices—in the streets, in halls of government, and at the ballot box. In Wisconsin, we must lead by example.— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) May 8, 2022
Other state officials and candidates are cited in Shur's report, with Republicans and Democrats alike condemning the violence. Democrats still stressed their support for Roe, though, and the city's mayor couldn't help herself from engaging in whataboutism.
From Shur's report:
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said she understands that people are afraid and angry in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft but said violence isn't an acceptable response.
"Madison believes strongly in the right to free speech, but it must be exercised nonviolently by all sides in this increasingly contentious debate," she said.
Rhodes-Conway also said pro-abortion rights groups have also been targeted, and she called for Congress to pass a bill codifying the protections guaranteed under Roe v. Wade.
President Joe Biden has yet to address such vandalism, despite repeated calls for him to do so, and this most recent example was no different.
More violence and acts of vandalism is likely to follow. Lila Rose, president and founder of the pro-life group Live Action, tweeted out a call for people to report examples of pro-abortion violence, which her team will track.
The Live Action team is compiling all reports of pro-abort violence (physical assault, calls for violence, vandalism, property damage) since the SCOTUS draft leak. There are dozens of incidents we are reviewing. If you have information, please send to email@example.com— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) May 6, 2022
Update: The White House condemned the attack in a statement released Monday:
"President Biden strongly condemns this attack and political violence of any stripe. The President has made clear throughout his time in public life that Americans have the fundamental right to express themselves under the Constitution, whatever their point of view. But that expression must be peaceful and free of violence, vandalism, or attempts to intimidate."