Lauren Moye, FISM News
As the summer of rage continues with an uptick in crimes against prolife organizations and churches, one large organization plans to counter it with a summer of service.
Rachel Carmona, president of Women’s March, said at a May 14 pro-abortion rally, “For the women of this country, this will be a summer of rage. We will be ungovernable…until the right to an abortion is codified into law.”
FISM reported on some of the violence and threats these early protests brought against police, pro-life demonstrators and, in one case, a reporter. Rather than distancing themselves from the violent rhetoric, however, the Women’s March website still proudly asks women to “pledge to rage,” this time in an “uprising to protect abortion rights.”
Since the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade leak on May 2, pro-life offices and churches have seen an uptick in vandalism. This proves that some abortion supporters are not above bullying pro-life groups, despite the charitable acts many of these same groups engage in to provide support to vulnerable women who might otherwise feel like they have no other options than to abort their unborn child. For some of these advocates, rage even makes the use of Molotov cocktails acceptable, as seen in the early May attack that set fire to the Wisconsin Family Action facility.
FISM frequently reports on these cases of vandalism. The most recent report can be read here. Since then, there have been four known cases of attacks against pro-life facilities and churches. This brings the total number to 21 known cases across 34 days, which makes for a vandalism incident every 1.62 days since the draft leak.
Since the last report, Capitol Hill Criss Pregnancy Center in Washington D.C. became another victim with “Jane Says Revenge” spray-painted across the exterior wall. Additionally, Executive Director Jane During reported red paint dumped on and in front of the door and egged windows. This happened either Thursday night or early Friday morning.
The Florida Catholic website reported that the radical-left Jane’s Revenge group also threatened the Catholic-affiliated Archdiocese of Miami’s Respect Life with threatening graffiti reading: “If abortions aren’t safe then neither are you.” The main office located in Hollywood, Florida, also houses the South Broward Pregnancy Help Center.
A Lynnwood, Washington, pregnancy center was also vandalized with the same messaging along with “Jane’s Revenge” on May 25. Heather Vasquez, director of Next Step Pregnancy Center, told a Seattle radio host that the culprit also “took it upon themselves to throw rocks and break five of our windows.”
On May 23, the doors of Mt. Avery M.B. Church in Lowndes County, Mississippi, were vandalized with the phrase “girls just want to have fundamental rights.”
While abortion supporters continue to rage – sometimes counterintuitively costing these resource centers funding that otherwise would have gone to support women that the protestors claim to want to protect – one pro-life group has countered with a different idea of how to spend the summer. Students for Life of America is promoting a summer of service.
“When I saw this ‘summer of rage declaration,’ obviously I was like, ‘Wait a minute, we have a ‘summer of service.’ This is exactly what we’re doing,” the pro-life group’s president Kristan Hawkins told the Christian Post. “I was like, ‘Well, we can’t let them do this. Do something better. Resist the summer of rage and join the summer of service.'”
“We take this responsibility very seriously that we’re going to be this first post-Roe generation, and we have a lot of work to do,” Hawkins added later in the interview. Her organization has worked to improve networking and resource tools for students and families facing unplanned pregnancies. They’ve also invested money in helping communities in some cities learn about local resources in a campaign to encourage life rather than death through abortion.
Student Life is also beginning an email campaign to help equip individuals to better serve their communities by taking pro-life actions to “stand with her,” the pregnant woman in crisis.