Report: Over 40 pro-life centers and churches have been attacked since SCOTUS leak

by Will Tubbs

Chris Lieberman, FISM News

 

Pro-abortion activists angered by the likely reversal of Roe v. Wade have chosen to voice their frustration with violence, with The Washington Stand reporting at least 41 separate incidents of attacks on pro-life centers and churches in just 40 days.

This latest list compiled by The Stand records cases of graffiti, arson, theft, and more against 15 pro-life churches and 26 crisis pregnancy centers and other pro-life organizations between May 2, when Politico first reported on the leaked draft opinion indicating the Supreme Court’s intent to overturn Roe, and June 13. The Stand also lists 11 incidents of violence and threats against pro-life advocates and disruptions of church services.

FISM has previously reported on the series of attacks against pro-life organizations nationwide following the leak of a draft opinion indicticating the Supreme Court’s intention to overturn Roe, including firebombings at clinics in Madison, Wisc.; Keizer, Ore.; and Buffalo, N.Y.

By contrast, the Stand reports that there has been only one case of violence against a pro-abortion group during the same period, with a woman setting fire to an abortion clinic under construction in Wyoming on May 25.

“For the last 49 years — each time the pro-life movement had encountered an uncertain future, whether it be the future of an unexpectedly pregnant mom or of Supreme Court decisions, the movement has responded with an outpouring of love, resources, and prayer,” said Mary Szoch of the Family Research Council, the Washington Stand’s parent organization. “For the pro-abortion industry, the exact opposite is true. Their solution to uncertainty about a mother’s future has always been violence and destruction in the sacred space of the mother’s womb. It is not surprising that now that the pro-abortion movement is facing uncertainty of the future decision of the Supreme Court, their response is once again violence.”

Despite the largely one-sided nature of these attacks, a terrorism threat advisory from the Department of Homeland Security warned against violence from both sides, saying, “Given a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case about abortion rights, individuals who advocate both for and against abortion have, on public forums, encouraged violence, including against government, religious, and reproductive healthcare personnel and facilities, as well as those with opposing ideologies.”

Reporting on these attacks has been conspicuously absent by mainstream news outlets. ABC, CBS, and NBC all chose to not report on the firebombing at the Buffalo clinic last week, while CNN used the misleading title “anti-abortion clinic” when covering the attack at the crisis pregnancy center. By contrast, all four reported on the attack at the Wyoming abortion clinic.

With the announcement of the Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization expected imminently and pro-abortion advocates calling for a “summer of rage,” it is likely that these violent attacks will continue in the coming months. Yet despite these threats, most pro-life advocates are not calling for retaliation.

“The pro-life movement must continue to respond with love, prayer, and support for men, women, and babies in need,”  Szoch said.

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