The FBI said it was treating the recent attacks on pro-life clinics as potential acts of domestic terrorism after a pro-abortion group declared open season on the health centers.
The group, known as Jane’s Revenge, claimed responsibility to a string of vandalism and arson attacks at Christian faith-based pregnancy crisis centers as the Supreme Court is expected to overturn Roe v. Wade.
In a statement, the bureau said: ‘The FBI 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.’
Pictured: The Compass Care, a Christian pregnancy center in Buffalo, New York was firebombed on June 7. The pro-abortion radical group Jane’s Revenge claimed responsibility for the arson as the FBI said it was treating the case as an act of domestic terrorism
The group also claimed responsibility for throwing Molotov cocktail into the Wisconsin Family Center, in Madison, on May 8, causing severe fire damage (pictured)
In a letter dated June 14 and posted to the Jane’s Revenge website on Wednesday, the group claimed responsibility for the attacks as they pointed to a supposed 30-day deadline for all pro-life groups to cease operations
Surge in attacks, vandalism of pro-life facilities and churches
June 7: Buffalo, NY – Christian pregnancy center firebombed and vandalized
June 7: Asheville, NC - Mountain Area Pregnancy Services vandalized, windows broken
June 2: Des Moines, Iowa – Agape Pregnancy Center vandalized, windows broken
May 27: Lynnwood, OR: Next Step Pregnancy Center spray-painted, windows broken
May 26: Columbus, MS: Mt. Avery Missionary Baptist Church vandalized
May 21: Olympia, WA: Four area-churches vandalized. Anarchist group, Puget Sound Anarchists, claim credit
May 8: Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action office in Madison firebombed
In a letter dated June 14 and posted to the Jane’s Revenge website on Wednesday, the group claimed responsibility for the recent attacks as they pointed to a supposed 30-day deadline for all pro-life groups to cease operations, warning them that ‘your thirty days expired yesterday.’
The group boasted about several of the attacks, including two of the most recent ones that happened on June 7 when a Christian pregnancy center in Buffalo, New York was firebombed and a Mountain Area Pregnancy Services center in Asheville, NC was vandalized.
The letter described how ‘easy and fun it is to attack’ the centers as the group vowed to take ‘increasingly drastic measures against oppressive infrastructures’ following the deadline’s expiration.
‘Those measures may not come in the form of something so easily cleaned up as fire and graffiti,’ the letter threatened.
In the letter, which claims that Jane’s Revenge is ‘not one group but many,’ and has disseminated ‘communiqués’ in locations across the country, but mainly in the Pacific Northwest.
They’ve claimed responsibility for various attacks in Madison, Wisconsin; Ft. Collins, Colorado; Des Moines, Iowa; Hollywood, Florida; Denton, Texas; and Washington, D.C.
They also claimed to have attacked Portland, Eugene and Gresham in Oregon, along with Olympia, Lynwood and Vancouver in Washington state, and Reisterstown and Frederick in Maryland.
The Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life group said the attacks are among at least 40 that have taken place across the country against anti-abortion clinics since May.
The vandalism and acts of arson comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announced their decision in a Mississippi abortion case this month.
The decision may overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that recognized a women’s constitutional right to have an abortion.
Last week, a group of 16 U.S. Senators called on the Department of Justice to ramp up investigations over the attacks.
‘We are deeply concerned that this trend will continue should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks unless the Department of Justice, the F.B.I., the U.S. Attorneys’ Office take a firm public stance and proactive response against these violent threats,’ the letter read.
Compass Care’s Buffalo office exterior was charred by the June 7 fire
Jane’s Revenge, a pro-abortion radical group, graffitied their signature on the attack
Threatening graffiti which reads ‘A 1312’ is seen on the exterior of Wisconsin Family Action offices in Madison, Wisconsin, on May 8
On June 7, the North Carolina-based Mountain Area Pregnancy Services, was also vandalized
On May 8, a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a window of the headquarters of the nonprofit political advocacy group Wisconsin Family Action office in Madison, Wisconsin.
The outside of the building was graffitied with anarchist insignia, the numbers ‘1312’ (meaning ‘all cops are bastards’), and ‘if abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.’
No one was hurt in the attack but, police called it an act of vandalism and arson.
An investigative reporter for the online Netherlands-based news site Bellingcat, released the first communication from ‘Jane’s Revenge’ after the attack.
The statement read: ‘This is not a declaration of war. War has been upon us for decades. A war which we did not want, and did not provoke. Too long have we been attacked for asking for basic medical care. Too long have we been shot, bombed, and forced into childbirth without consent.’
The statement also demanded ‘the disbanding of all anti-choice establishments’ within 30 days, and states that its first attack was ‘only a warning,’ but there will be future attacks until ‘the inalienable right to manage our own health is returned to us.’ The group claims to have a presence across the United States that could launch further attacks.’
Since then, similar attacks were carried out in cities across the country.
The group derives its name from an underground abortion network operating in Chicago in the late 1960s and early ’70s called the Jane Collective.
A barricade went up around the Supreme Court on May 14 following the leak that showed the justices were set to overturn Roe V. Wade
Police presence has ramped up around the homes of the Supreme Court Justices after a man was arrested for attempted murder of Brett Kavanaugh last week
Tensions have been on the rise since a leak from the Supreme Court revealed the majority of justices were poised to overturn Roe V. Wade in the summer, causing 8-foot tall fencing to be erected around the court last month.
Protests of erupted in Washington D.C. and across the country over the expected ruling, with many fearing for the justices’ safety after protesters demonstrated outside their homes.
Last week, protester Nicholas Roske was arrested and charged with attempted murder after police found him carrying a handgun, ammunition, a crow bar and pepper spray near Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home.
Congress has since passed legislation to bolster security around the nine justices, with Biden signing off on a bill this week to extend the protection to their families.
Read full letter signed by radical pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge:
You have seen that we are real, and that we are not merely pushing empty words. As we said: we are not one group but many. You have seen us 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, and we work in countless locations invisibly. 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 were unsurprised to see thirty days come and thirty days pass with no sign of consilience or even bare-minimum self-reflection from you who impersonate healthcare providers in order to harm the vulnerable. History may not repeat itself, but it certainly rhymes, and we’ve already seen such stanzas where medical autonomy is stripped away, humanity is increasingly criminalized, and merely surviving becomes largely untenable.
Your thirty days expired yesterday. We offered an honourable way out. You could have walked away. Now the leash is off. And we will make it as hard as possible for your campaign of oppression to continue. We have demonstrated in the past month how easy and fun it is to attack. We are versatile, we are mercurial, and we answer to no one but ourselves. We promised to take increasingly drastic measures against oppressive infrastructures. Rest assured that we will, and those measures may not come in the form of something so easily cleaned up as fire and graffiti. Sometimes you will see what we do, and you will know that it is us. Sometimes you will think you merely are unlucky, because you cannot see the ways which we interfere in your affairs. But your pointless attempts to control others, and make life more difficult, will not be met passively. Eventually your insurance companies, and your financial backers will realize you are a bad investment.
From here forward, any anti-choice group who closes their doors, and stops operating will no longer be a target. But until you do, it’s open season, and we know where your operations are. The infrastructure of the enslavers will not survive. 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. We exist in confluence and solidarity with all others in the struggle for complete liberation. Our recourse now is to defend ourselves and to build robust, caring communities of mutual aid, so that we may heal ourselves without the need of the medical industry or any other intermediary. Through attacking, we find joy, courage, and strip the veneer of impenetrability held by these violent institutions.
And 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. 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.