SCOTUS Roe v. Wade abortion reversal could lead to violence

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SCOTUS Roe v. Wade abortion reversal could lead to violence

Law enforcement agencies across the nation are bracing for an explosion of unrest from pro-choice groups Friday after the Supreme Court’s seismic decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

Outraged by the decision, militant pro-abortion groups like Jane’s Revenge and others have urged sympathizers to unleash a “Summer of Rage” across the country.

“Now the leash is off,” the group said in a June 14 communique in anticipation of the court’s action. “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.” 

The threats, issued online and through pamphlet and flyer campaigns, drew attention from the White House this week.

Asked specifically about threats from Jane’s Revenge, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre acknowledged the potential for nationwide tumult.

“Violence and destruction of property have no place in our country under any circumstances and the president denounces this action,” she told reporters. “Actions like this are completely unacceptable regardless of our politics and we continue to denounce any violence or threats.”

Pro-choice activists gather outside the Supreme Court on Friday, June 24, 2022.
Pro-choice activists gather outside the Supreme Court on Friday, June 24, 2022.
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Pro-life pregnancy centers have been targeted for violence and vandalism in the wake of a leaked draft decision of the Roe reversal in May.

“From here forward, any anti-choice group who closes their doors, and stops operating will no longer be a target,” the communique warned. “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.”

There have been roughly 40 incidents of vandalism at pro-life centers and churches across the nation since May.

Abortion-rights activists reacts outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022.
Abortion-rights activists reacts outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022.
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“If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you,” has been a recurring phrase scrawled at the sites, with the first instance at a Wisconsin pro-life pregnancy center in early May.

The Madison facility was also attacked with a Molotov cocktail and caught fire after another attempt to set it ablaze.

It remains unclear if Jane’s Revenge is a centralized operation or a loose umbrella organization.

“We did not want this; but it is upon us, and so we must deal with it proportionally,” the communique cautioned.

Other pro-choice groups have massed outside the homes of Supreme Court justices and called on members to rise up against the momentous SCOTUS decision.

Barricades were set up at the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. after the leaked draft and the site has been swarmed with both supporters and opponents of abortion.

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