The FBI is investigating recent attacks and vandalism of pro-life pregnancy centers and churches as potential acts of domestic violence or extremism ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could overturn the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
A source familiar with the matter told the Christian Post that the FBI is looking into potential violations of the FACE Act in certain cases. The legislation makes it a federal crime to use force or the threat of force to prevent access to reproductive health services. The office also investigates violent crime cases based on the facts of each case.
“The FBI is investigating a series of attacks and threats against pregnancy resource centers and faith-based organizations across the country,” an FBI spokesperson said in a statement shared with media. “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.”
Following Politico’s report last month on a majority opinion draft leaked to the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that suggests a majority of justices are set to overturn deerseveral churches and life organizations have been vandalized or burned down by abortion extremists.
The bureau chose not to comment on any specific group committing the violence, but a spokesperson told the Washington Examiner that an investigation is ongoing.
Earlier this month, more than 100 House Republicans sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, calling on the Justice Department to investigate attacks on religious organizations and pregnancy centers as acts of domestic terrorism.
“We are writing to express serious concern about recent attacks targeting religious organizations and pregnancy centers in crisis and calling on the Department of Justice to respond to how its National Security Division plans to investigate these acts of domestic terrorism,” House Republicans wrote.
The letter claimed that “terrorists have targeted numerous pro-life crisis pregnancy centers – two of which culminated in the firebombing and destruction of property by the terrorist group Jane’s Revenge in Buffalo, NY, and Madison, WI”.
The abortion activist group identifying itself as Jane’s Revenge claimed responsibility for an attack last month on Wisconsin Family Action headquarters in Madison.
An incident report compiled by the Madison Police Department said: “A Molotov cocktail, which did not ignite, was thrown inside the building. It also appears that a separate fire was started in response. Graffiti was also found at the scene. No injuries were reported.”
Photos of the vandalism posted to Twitter by Wisconsin State Journal’s Alex Shur represented the phrase “If abortions aren’t safe, then neither are you” painted on an exterior wall of the building and a fire-damaged office with books strewn on the floor.
Abortion activists also reportedly burned down one of the offices of CompassCare, a network of pregnancy centers serving women in New York. The pro-life organization announced June 7 that its Buffalo office had been “burnt down by abortion terrorists.”
“The windows in the reception room and nurses’ office were smashed and fires were started. Graffiti on the building left by arsonists refers to the abortive terrorist group Jane’s Revenge, reading ‘Jane Was Here,'” says the press release.
Jane’s Revenge demanded in a June 14 statement that these organizations disband, threatening to take “drastic action” for their refusal to comply.
“From now on, any anti-choice group that closes its doors and ceases to function will no longer be a target,” the abortion activists wrote.
“But until you do, it’s open season, and we know where your operations are. The slaver infrastructure will not survive. We will never stop, back down, slow down or We won’t back down,” they continued.
In an email obtained by the anarchist website Abolition Media, Jane’s Revenge boasted of smashing the windows of two Detroit-based pregnancy centers. The group also left behind the message: ‘if abortion isn’t safe, neither are you’ and ‘fake clinic’. Jane will have her revenge.”
Another pregnancy center in Vancouver, Washington, was covered in red paint and had “Jane’s Revenge” written on the facade of the building. Photos of the vandalism at Options360 were posted on Twitter by journalist Alissa Azar on June 9.
Churches have also been vandalized since the project leaked last month.
Jane’s Revenge took credit for vandalizing four Washington state churches over the weekend of May 21-22. Abolition Media published an email sent by the activist group describing the destruction of churches.
“Last night we vandalized four anti-abortion churches in Olympia,” the email read. “A Mormon Church, Calvary Church, Harbor Church and St. Michael’s Catholic Church were all renovated in the early hours of Sunday morning. We poured red paint over the entrances and left messages of ‘If abortions aren’t safe, then neither are you,’ ‘Abort the church,’ and ‘God loves abortion.'”
A photo posted to the blog showed the phrase “If abortions aren’t safe, then neither are you” and the anarchist symbol spray-painted on two sets of double doors at the front of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
In another incident, Stephen Pimpo of WCBI News, a CBS affiliate based in northern Mississippi, reported on May 24, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the vandalism of Mount Avery Missionary Baptist Church. Photos of the damage showed the message ‘girls just want basic rights’ spray-painted on the church doors.
Other photos showed the phrase “Keep your laws out of my body” spray-painted in several places on the exterior walls of the church.
In May 2021, a declassified report by the US Department of Homeland Security named pro-life and abortion activists to its list of potential domestic violent extremists.
The report states that “Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) who are driven by a range of ideologies and galvanized by recent political and societal events in the United States pose an elevated threat to the homeland in 2021.”
The document argued that “mere advocacy of political or social positions, political activism” and “use of strong rhetoric cannot constitute violent extremism and can be constitutionally protected.”