House passes resolution condemning attacks on pro-life groups

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The U.S. House passed a resolution on Wednesday condemning attacks against pro-life organizations, the likes of which largely increased in May 2022 following the leak of the Supreme Court draft decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the ruling that ultimately overturned Roe v. Wade.

The resolution passed by a vote of 222-209 (with three abstaining) and states that the House “condemns recent attacks of vandalism, violence, and destruction against pro-life facilities, groups and churches” and “calls upon the Biden Administration to use all appropriate law enforcement authorities to uphold public safety and to protect the rights of pro-life facilities, groups, and churches.”

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The resolution listed specific attacks against pro-life groups including vandalism, Molotov cocktails, and arson. Pro-life pregnancy centers, churches, and pro-life volunteers have suffered threats to their safety from groups such as the pro-abortion Jane’s Revenge, which often spray paints pro-life buildings with the phrase, “If abortions aren’t safe neither are you.” Jane’s Revenge also vowed a ‘Night of Rage’ following the Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in June, which led to limited violence in the streets and an arson attack at the Life Choices Pregnancy Center in Longmont, Colorado.

“There have been now nearly 100 recorded acts of violence and intimidation against pro-life individuals and organizations by radical, pro-abortion activists since the initial leak of the draft Supreme Court Dobbs opinion,” said Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.).

In 2022, the FBI confirmed that 70% of abortion-related threats and violence since the draft opinion was leaked have been committed against pro-lifers, not abortion businesses.

Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security Committee in November, FBI Director Christopher Wray said, “Now, we have quite a number of investigations — as we speak — into attacks or threats against pregnancy resource centers, faith-based organizations, and other pro-life organizations. And you might be interested to know that since the Dobbs act decision, probably in the neighborhood of 70% of our abortion-related violence cases or threats cases are cases of violence or threats against […] pro-life organizations.”

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