MOSTLY PEACEFUL: Pro-Abortion Extremists Firebomb Pro-Life Office

Credit: Wisconsin State Journal reporter Alexander Shur / Twitter
May 9, 2022

Pro-abortion extremists apparently firebombed a pro-life advocacy group's office in Madison, Wis., days after a leaked decision revealed that the Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade next month.

The arsonists appear to have thrown a Molotov cocktail early Sunday morning through the window of Wisconsin Family Action, where a fire was reported shortly before 6 a.m., according to the Associated Press. Investigators later found the remnants of the cocktail. No one was injured. Local law enforcement said the nonprofit was likely targeted for its opposition to abortion. "If abortions aren't safe, then you aren't either" was found spray-painted on the building's façade.

Credit: Wisconsin State Journal reporter Alexander Shur on Twitter

Mainstream media sources just days earlier said that pro-abortion protests were "mostly peaceful." CBS on May 6 used the phrase to describe protesters, one day after pro-abortion activists published the home addresses of six conservative Supreme Court justices, five of whom reportedly voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Julaine Appling, the president of Wisconsin Family Action, called the attack a "direct threat" considering it occurred the same week as the High Court opinion leak. Had the arsonists struck during the day, she added, they could have harmed staff.

"This is the local manifestation of the anger and the lack of tolerance from the pro-abortion people toward those of us who are pro-life," Appling said. "We will repair our offices, remain on the job, and build an even stronger grassroots effort. We will not back down. We will not stop doing what we are doing. Too much is at stake."

Wisconsin politicians, including Gov. Tony Evers (D.) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R.), condemned the firebombing. Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes (D.) said on his campaign Twitter account—but not on his official government account—that he opposed the violence. Democratic Senate candidate Alex Lasry by press time had not tweeted about the attack.

Around 100 pro-abortion activists protested this weekend outside the homes of Supreme Court justices John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh. "The time for civility is over, man," one protester told Bloomberg. Others chanted "My body, my choice" and "The whole world is watching!" as they marched. Police eventually dispersed the crowd.

The pro-abortion advocacy group that doxxed the six justices, Ruth Sent Us, is planning protests on Wednesday at each of the justices' homes.