Who or what is “Jane’s Revenge”? A look at the group invoked in pro-abortion vandalism

The group’s second statement, released on May 30, calls for activism and the creation of “autonomously organized self-defense networks.” The group tends to criticize more traditional abortion activists and their “wise little freedom rallies.”

“We can no longer sit idly by while our anger is once again channeled into Democratic Party fundraisers and police peace parades.”

Jane’s Revenge called for a “Night of Rage” on the day the Supreme Court’s final abortion ruling is handed down at 8 p.m., calling it a “general guideline” to be adapted to local conditions.

The declaration claimed inspiration from the movements of autonomous organizations of “reproductive liberation” in Argentina, Mexico and Poland.

Claiming that abortion haters “work to oppress us,” the group’s May 30 statement repeated another slogan used to vandalize pro-life groups and churches: “If abortion isn’t safe, you neither are you. We are everywhere.”

Kyle Shideler, senior analyst for Homeland Security and Terrorism at the Center for Security Policy, said abortion activist groups like Jane’s Revenge “organize in local cells” and that its alleged members have “probably voluntarily identified as Jane’s Revenge”.

“It’s unlikely that there’s a hierarchy or that they take orders, although they may communicate cell-to-cell or use social media or other ways,” he told AFP. EWTN news program “The World Over” on June 9.

According to Shideler, the government does not treat anarchist organizations as criminal conspiracies, but as “a group of crackpot individuals operating separately”.

In his opinion, this is not the right approach.

“Although they are cellular in structure, they are highly organized and should be treated as an organization,” he said.

What did Jane’s Revenge do?

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The first crime involving “Jane” appears to have taken place in the early morning of May 8, Mother’s Day, when the Wisconsin Family Action headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin was the target of arson and of vandalism. The vandalism involved an anarchist symbol, an anti-police slogan and the phrase “if abortions aren’t safe, neither are you.”

Other incidents followed.

On the night of May 13, a vandal spray-painted slogans, including the words “Jane’s Revenge”, on the walls of the Alpha Pregnancy Center in Reisterstown, Maryland.

On May 22, St. Michael’s Parish in Olympia was vandalized with the words “Abandon the Church” spray-painted on a wall. Several other non-Catholic churches were targeted by vandals. In a message submitted anonymously to Puget Sound anarchists, the Bo Brown Memorial Cell of Jane’s Revenge claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The group said it was motivated by the churches’ ties to crisis pregnancy centers, which it called “fake religious clinics that primarily manipulate the poor into having and keeping children they don’t have.” whether or not that relationship is healthy or safe. He characterized both the Catholic Church and the LDS/Mormon Church as “patriarchal sexual abuse cults. “.

The group’s “cell” is named after a local anarchist who was a member of the George Jackson Brigade, a self-proclaimed revolutionary group that carried out several bank robberies and bombings in Washington state and Oregon. in the 1970s.

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