The Department of Homeland Security is preparing for a violent reaction to the Supreme Court’s impending decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, according to a report obtained by Axios last month. But the DHS doesn’t have to wait for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Political violence is already happening, and it’s not coming from the pro-life side.
Last week, a 26-year-old man was caught before an attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh outside of his Maryland home. Police said the man was carrying a pistol, pepper spray, and a crow bar, among other items. He was reportedly “upset” over the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade and the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and had flown all the way from California. He has been charged with attempted murder.
Kavanaugh and Supreme Court justices, outside of whose houses demonstrators have been protesting, aren’t the only ones bearing the brunt of these potentially violent protests. Several pro-life clinics have been vandalized in the past few weeks.
Pro-life group Wisconsin Family Action was hit with an alleged arson less than a week after the Supreme Court draft on Roe leaked. The words, “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either,” were spray-painted on the side of the building. Pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge took credit for the attack.
In Washington, D.C., protestors last week splashed red paint on the door of Capitol Hill Crisis Pregnancy Center, which provides prenatal and early childhood support to mothers with unplanned pregnancies. “Jane Says Revenge” was spray-painted on the side of the building.
CompassCare, a New York-based pro-life organization, this week had its Buffallo office hit with an alleged arson, and its windows were smashed. “Jane was here,” was spray-painted on the side of the building.
“We’re all about life,” CompassCare CEO Jim Harden said at a news conference after the alleged arson. “We want to save every single human life we possibly can. And they’re looking to destroy our ability to do that. But they did not succeed.”
Four pro-life churches in Washington state were vandalized last month, and the list goes on.
The DHS memo obtained by Axios reports that the “threats that followed the leak of a draft opinion—targeting Supreme Court Justices, lawmakers and other public officials, as well as clergy and health care providers—‘are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court’s official ruling.’”
This means that, as tensions continue to rise, pro-life clinics and activists may need to invest in further security. Unfortunately (thanks to politicians and activists), the discourse around Roe is likely to become even more inflamed. To continue offering free support and resources to pregnant mothers, many pro-life groups now also need to put their energy into keeping themselves and their centers safe.