Vandals reportedly used a Molotov cocktail to attack the headquarters of an anti-abortion organization in Wisconsin this weekend. The criminals also spray-painted a threat to the pro-life group that read, "If abortions aren't safe then you aren't either."
The pro-life Wisconsin Family Action organization has a mission "to advance Judeo-Christian principles and values in Wisconsin by strengthening, preserving, and promoting marriage, family, life, and liberty." The group is staunchly anti-abortion and "pro-family."
Late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, the Wisconsin Family Action headquarters in Madison was vandalized and allegedly set on fire.
Alexander Shur – a state government reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal – posted photos on Twitter of the damage caused by the alleged Molotov cocktail attack.
Shur wrote on Twitter, "Somebody vandalized and allegedly threw Molotov cocktails into Wisconsin Family Action's — an anti-abortion rights group — Madison office, writing w/ graffiti, 'If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.'"
There was a symbol for anarchists spray-painted outside the pro-life building. There was also graffiti that read: "1312" – a numeric code that stands for "ACAB" or "All Cops Are Bastards," often used by Antifa.
Madison Police Department spokesperson Stephanie Fryer told the Wisconsin State Journal, "Due to the suspicious nature of this fire, our arson investigators responded. They are actively working this case at this time."
Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes issued a statement, and officially ruled the fire as arson.
The Madison Police Department understands members of our community are feeling deep emotions due to the recent news involving the United States Supreme Court. Early Sunday morning, our team began investigating a suspicious fire inside an office building on the city’s north side. It appears a specific non-profit that supports anti-abortion measures was targeted. Our department has and continues to support people being able to speak freely and openly about their beliefs. But we feel that any acts of violence, including the destruction of property, do not aid in any cause. We have made our federal partners aware of this incident and are working with them and the Madison Fire Department as we investigate this arson.We will provide an update on this case Monday at 2 p.m. Specific details regarding the logistics of this update will be sent at a later time.
Julaine Appling – president of the Wisconsin Family Action – said someone saw smoke rising from the building and called the police.
An incident report from the Madison Police Department reads, "Flames were seen coming from the facility shortly after 6 a.m."
Appling told WISC-TV that someone had thrown Molotov cocktails into her office and burned her books.
Appling told Madison.com, "What you're going to see here is a direct threat against us. Imagine if somebody had been in the office when this happened. They would have been hurt."
"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 – referring to the reaction by leftists becoming enraged over the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned.
"I understand that people are afraid and angry, but violence is not an acceptable response," Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway (D) said in a statement. "Madison believes strongly in the right to free speech, but it must be exercised nonviolently by all sides in this increasingly contentious debate."
On Saturday night, angry pro-abortion activists staged demonstrations outside the homes of Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh.
On Friday, CNN warned that the leaked draft decision that indicates that the U.S. Supreme Court could potentially overturn the controversial Roe v. Wade decision could spark protests by the "far-right."
"CNN has learned that the U.S. Capitol police are bracing for large demonstrations that are being organized by far-right groups to protest abortion rights," said CNN guest host Alex Marquardt.
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