The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating attacks on pro-life centers and religious institutions across the United States, The Daily Wire has learned.
More than 20 pregnancy resource centers and offices of pro-life groups have been attacked or vandalized since the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion indicating that the justices are likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to Catholic Vote.
The militant abortion group Jane’s Revenge has claimed responsibility for a slew of these attacks, and this week allegedly issued a radical missive promising to continue violent attacks on pro-life clinics and organizations.
In response to inquiries regarding the alleged Jane’s Revenge “communique,” the FBI said Thursday evening that while it would not comment on specific groups, the bureau is “investigating a series of attacks and threats targeting 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,” the bureau told The Daily Wire. “We would like to remind members of the public that if they observe anything suspicious or have information about potential threats to report it to law enforcement immediately, call their local FBI field office, or submit a tip to tips.fbi.gov.”
In the purported Jane’s Revenge missive posted by Abolition Media, the abortion activists promise that they are “not one group but many.”
The message claimed responsibility for attacks on pro-life organizations and groups in “Madison WI, Ft. Collins CO, Reisertown MA, Olympia WA, Des Moines IA, Lynwood WA, Washington DC, Ashville NC, Buffalo NY, Hollywood FL, Vancouver WA, Frederick MA, Denton TX, Gresham OR, Eugene OR, Portland OR, among others.”
“We work in countless locations invisibly,” the “communique” said. “You’ve read the communiqués from the various cells, you’ve seen the proliferating messages in graffiti and elsewhere, and you know that we are serious.”
“We promised to take increasingly drastic measures against oppressive infrastructures,” the group said. “Rest assured that we will, and those measures may not come in the form of something so easily cleaned up as fire and graffiti.”
Any pro-life group that closes its doors and “stops operating” will not be a target of the wrath of Jane’s Revenge, the message said. But the group issued a message to those who continue to provide services to pregnant women in need: “it’s open season, and we know where your operations are.”
“The infrastructure of the enslavers will not survive,” the message said. “We will never stop, back down, slow down, or retreat. We did not want this; but it is upon us, and so we must deal with it proportionally.”
The alleged Jane’s Revenge message claimed that the group finds “joy” and “courage” through attacking pro-lifers.
“For the allies of ours who doubt the authenticity of the communiqués and actions: there is a way you can get irrefutable proof that these actions are real,” the message concluded. “Go do one of your own. You are already one of us. Everyone with the urge to paint, to burn, to cut, to jam: now is the time. Go forth and manifest the things you wish to see. Stay safe, and practice your cursive.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said on Fox News on Wednesday evening that the missive threatened “terrorist conduct.”
“They’re threatening to attack, to burn, to murder people,” the senator said, noting that pro-life centers exist to help expectant mothers “to give birth to those children.”
And Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) demanded that President Joe Biden “personally and forcefully denounce the left’s intimidation campaign and make it absolutely clear that there is no place in America for political violence.”
“No more mealymouthed statements,” he said. “The Attorney General needs to enforce the law before someone gets killed. The Supreme Court must be allowed to do its job and pregnancy care centers must be allowed to operate without fear of threats, firebombs, or vandalism.”
Biden has not personally condemned the violence against pro-life organizations or news that a man traveled across the country intending to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, though the administration has issued a slew of statements on these topics.
On Friday, the FBI had warned that while it will protect the First Amendment rights of Americans protesting at the Supreme Court, it will not “tolerate violence, destruction, interference with government functions, or trespassing on government property.”
The warning comes after authorities arrested 26-year-old Nicholas John Roske of Simi Valley, California. A DOJ affidavit details how Roske allegedly traveled to Kavanaugh’s home armed with weapons and burglary tools with the intent to kill the justice and prevent him from ruling on Second Amendment and abortion cases.
In a joint statement issued Friday by U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves and Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Steven D’Antuono, authorities said that they “are committed to protecting the First Amendment rights of all Americans to express their views peacefully during demonstrations that take place on a regular basis in the nation’s capital, including at the Supreme Court.”
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“We also have a responsibility to ensure public safety and the orderly conduct of government business,” the statement said. “We will not tolerate violence, destruction, interference with government functions, or trespassing on government property.”
Authorities also said they are “committed to working closely with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to stop any individuals who intend to commit violence or criminal activity under the guise of carrying out a demonstration.”