More than 40 attacks have targeted pro-life group since Supreme Court leak: report

More than 40 attacks on pro-life individuals and organizations have been recorded since a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicating a potential reversal of Roe v. Wade, according to a report released June 16.

The report, released by Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, says more than 40 incidents in recent weeks involve violence, vandalism and intimidation.

“Every abortion is an act of violence – violence against the unborn child who is killed and violence against the mother who is hurt in one of the most profound ways possible,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the group, in the press release accompanying the report.

“Contrary to this inherent violence, the vast network of pregnancy centers, maternity homes and other organizations across America exist to peacefully and lovingly serve women and families,” he said.

“Comrade Actions”

The latest incidents detailed in the report include vandalism at the Hope Pregnancy Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 11. The pro-life group’s office had four windows smashed and vandalized with graffiti.

An online blog post dated June 12 from someone who claimed damages as the “Anti Hope Brigade” said they were “inspired by the actions of comrades” in Wisconsin, Colorado, New York and a growing list of locations, according to the report.

The surge in attacks began in early May when a leaked draft opinion indicated that the Supreme Court was set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision finding that access to abortion is a constitutional right.

The institution noted that Jane’s Revenge, which took credit for dozens of recent attacks on pregnancy centers across the country, issued a new threat on June 15. pro-life institutions that do not close.

SBA Pro-Life America urged the Biden administration to condemn the attacks.

“President Biden, his administration, and every elected official and candidate must condemn them unequivocally now, including the unlawful picketing of the homes of Supreme Court Justices and the attempted murder of Justice Kavanaugh,” the statement said.

The group appeared to refer to the California man who was arrested with a gun near the home of a Supreme Court justice in Maryland on June 8. The man named Nicholas John Roske has been charged with attempted murder.

The Epoch Times has sought comment from the White House.

Earlier this month, SBA Pro-Life America and a dozen organizations wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding action to deal with the recent attacks.

Meanwhile, 16 U.S. senators, led by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), also expressed concern and requested information on how the Department of Justice (DOJ) is addressing the recent violence and threats against the groups in a letter to the Attorney General. Wreath dated June 7.

The DOJ and Department of Homeland Security have not commented on the attacks.

The FBI previously told The Epoch Times that it was “investigating recent attacks and threats against pregnancy resource centers and faith-based organizations across the country.”

“The FBI takes all threats seriously and we continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners and will remain vigilant to protect our communities,” he added.

Zachary Stieber contributed to the report.


Dorothy Li is an Epoch Times reporter based in Europe.

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