Dozens of Pro-Life Centers and Catholic Churches Attacked, Set Ablaze as SCOTUS Weighs Roe v Wade

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a memo in May, warning of violence coming from the far-right against abortion clinics and providers as the Supreme Court gets ready to hand down the ruling that’s expected to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The memo states that abortion-related violence historically has been driven by anti-abortion extremists and that this time could be related to recent talk of replacement ‘theory.’

“Some racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists’ embrace of pro-life narratives may be linked to the perception of wanting to ‘save white children’ and ‘fight white genocide,'” the memo said.

The memo does warn that this time, extremist acts could come from abortion-rights proponents as well, but has an extremely heavy focus on the far-right.

Jonathan Wackrow, a risk management consultant and a former U.S. Secret Service agent tied the memo to the shooting that occurred in Buffalo on May 14.

“The mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., has complicated everything even more. The attack in Buffalo actually has a measured impact on this Roe decision and how people will react to it,” he told Axios.

Meanwhile, the rest of the media has also been warning about violence coming from the ‘far-right’ in relation to the coming Supreme Court decision on Roe v Wade.

But despite warnings from media outlets and the DHS of violence coming from the far-right, all of the violence related to the anticipated Supreme Court decision has come from left-wing groups and individuals.

More than twenty pro-life and pregnancy centers have been firebombed or attacked since last month’s leaked Supreme Court draft opinion, and over a dozen Catholic churches have been targeted.

The incidents have ranged from graffiti vandalizing to smashing windows and arson. Some of the attacks are anonymous, while others have been claimed by extremist pro-abortionist groups like “Jane’s Revenge,” the “Anti Hope Brigade,” and “Ruth Sent Us.”

Pro-Life and Pregnancy Centers Attacked

Catholic Vote has created a map to track the violence against pro-life and pregnancy centers. All of the attacks happened after the leaked draft opinion by the Supreme Court.

The organization has listed the following sites thus far:

  1. Hollywood, FL — South Broward Pregnancy Center and Archdiocese of Miami Respect Life Ministry 
  2. Asheville, NC — Mountain Area Pregnancy Services 
  3. Manassas, VA — First Care Women’s Health 
  4. Alexandria, VA — Concerned Women for America 
  5. Reiserstown, MD — Alpha Pregnancy Center 
  6. Frederick, MD — BirthRight of Frederick 
  7. Frederick, MD — CareNet Frederick 
  8. Reiserstown, MD — Alpha Pregnancy Center 
  9.  Buffalo, NY — CompassCare Pregnancy Services 
  10.  Madison, WI — Wisconsin Family Action
  11.  Des Moines, IA — Agape Pregnancy Resource Center 
  12. Denton, TX — Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center 
  13. Austin, TX — Trotter House 
  14. Long Beach, CA — His Nesting Place Home for Mothers & Children 
  15. Sebastopol, CA — Pregnancy Center Billboard 
  16.  Eugene, OR — Dove Medical Clinic 
  17. Keizer, OR — Oregon Right to Life 
  18. Gresham, OR — Gresham Pregnancy Resource Center 
  19. Portland, OR — Southeast Portland Pregnancy Resource Center 
  20. Vancouver, WA — Options360 Women’s Clinic 
  21. Federal Way, WA — Care Net Pregnancy and Family Services of Puget Sound 
  22. Lynnwood, WA — Next Step Pregnancy Services 
  23. Philadelphia, PA — Hope Pregnancy Center 
  24. Washington, DC — Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center 

According to the Daily Mail, a pro-life Republican politician had his office firebombed following the leak, amid the spate of attacks against pro-life centers.

Andrew Barkis, a Republican representing Olympia in the Washington state legislature, had his Olympia office attacked around 4 a.m.

Two masked people were caught on a Ring camera installed outside the building breaking a window with a hammer and throwing a lit flare into the building.

According to PM, the pro-abortion militant group, ‘Jane’s Revenge’ has claimed responsibility for many of the attacks and has declared that their 30 days of patience and mercy have come to an end. They warn of more attacks.

“Your thirty days expired yesterday,” the group stated in a letter published on June 15. “We offered an honorable way out. You could have walked away. Now the leash is off. And we will make it as hard as possible for your campaign of oppression to continue.”

The group takes responsibility for recent attacks on pregnancy and pro-life centers in “Madison WI, Ft. Collins CO, Reisertown MA, Olympia WA, Des Moines IA, Lynwood WA, Washington DC, Ashville NCBuffalo NY, Hollywood FL, Vancouver WA, Frederick MA, Denton TX, Gresham OR, Eugene OR, Portland OR.”

“You know that we are serious.” Much of their graffiti reads “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you.”

Catholic Churches Attacked

Outside of pro-life and pregnancy centers, pro-Abortionist groups and individuals have long criticized the Catholic Church’s teaching that abortion is murder.

At the same time, pro-abortion groups such as Ruth Sent Us — which has called for disrupting churches following the leak — have complained that a majority of the justices are Catholic.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which tracks arson, vandalism, and other destruction have been also directed at U.S. Catholic churches. There have been at least 134 incidents across 35 states and Washington, D.C., since May 2020. 

Their list does not yet include several recent attacks.

May 27, 2022: New York

A gold tabernacle estimated by police to be worth $2 million was stolen from St. Augustine Catholic Church in Brooklyn. The Diocese of Brooklyn also revealed on May 29 that “the Holy Eucharist housed inside the Tabernacle was thrown all over the altar.”

The diocese said that the burglar “cut through a metal protective casing” to take the late 19th-century tabernacle on or around May 27. A safe in the sacristy was also cut open, but it was empty. 

The angels located on both sides of the tabernacle, the diocese added, “were decapitated and destroyed.”

According to the diocese, the New York City Police Department is investigating the crime “of disrespect and hate.”

May 22, 2022: Washington

The Archdiocese of Seattle confirmed to CNA that St. Michael Parish in Olympia was vandalized with the words “Abort the church” spray-painted on a wall on May 22. On a post at Puget Sound Anarchists, the Bo Brown Memorial Cell of Jane’s Revenge claimed responsibility for the attack, along with attacks on three other, non-Catholic churches.

May 19, 2022: Florida 

10 relics have disappeared from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Naples, Florida, a CBS affiliate, WINK, reported. The relics include include a piece of Christ’s cross, a piece of St. Joseph’s clothing, a piece of the Virgin Mary’s veil, and bone fragments from multiple saints.

While the local sheriff’s office said that they cannot verify whether the items were stolen or lost, the church believes it is unlikely that someone misplaced them.

May 17, 2022: New York

Vandals beheaded and smashed statues in an Our Lady of Fatima Grotto at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in New York City, according to a media advisory from the Archdiocese of New York.

May 9, 2022: Texas

In Katy, Texas, a Catholic priest said that someone attempted to desecrate the Eucharist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. A local Fox affiliate reported Father Peter Damian Harris, pastor at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston, talking about the incident on May 9.

May 8, 2022: California, Texas, Washington

Female protesters disrupted Mass just before Communion at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California. The women, dressed in red gowns and large white hats, began shouting and unfurled a banner before being escorted from the church. 

In Katy, Texas, another tabernacle was stolen overnight from St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church on May 8. While an arrest was made in connection with the theft, the tabernacle remains missing.

Also in Texas, graffiti reading “Pro-choice is pro-life” was spray-painted on the front and side doors of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston.

In Washington state, Post Millenial reporter Kate Daviscourt captured on video protesters laying on the steps of St. James Cathedral in Seattle with fake blood on them to mimic coat hanger abortions during Mass. The incident involved a heated confrontation between a security guard and protesters, also captured in a video posted online by The Post Millennial.

May 7, 2022: Colorado, New York 

St. John XXIII parish in Fort Collins, Colorado, was tagged with graffiti on May 7, according to police. Messages including “My Body My Choice” and a symbol that appears to be an “A” signifying “anarchy” were written on the church. Some of the churche’s exterior glass panels were also broken.

In New York City, pro-abortion demonstrators rallied outside Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Lower Manhattan. The protest disrupted a monthly pro-life procession from the church to the local Planned Parenthood. Among other things, a Franciscan friar was heckled, and a woman dressed in a stuffed bathing suit danced in front of the church while pretending to abort baby dolls.

The church’s pastor, Father Brian Graebe, later told Fox News, “We have received a number of threats to bomb the church, burn it down.”

May 3, 2022: Colorado

Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, in Boulder, Colorado, was defaced with pro-abortion slogans, including “My Body, My Choice,” marking the second time in less than a year that the parish has been targeted with graffiti of this sort.

The Name ‘Jane’s Revenge’ Doesn’t Even Make Sense

Not for nothing, but the members of the group ‘Jane’s Revenge’ may want to look into the history of Norma McCorvey (the real Jane Roe).

Norma Leah Nelson McCorvey, also known by the pseudonym “Jane Roe”, was the plaintiff in the landmark American legal case Roe v. Wade in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that individual state laws banning abortion were unconstitutional.

McCorvey told the press that she was “Jane Roe” soon after the decision was reached, stating that she had sought an abortion because she was unemployable and greatly depressed. In 1983, McCorvey told the press that she had been raped; in 1987, she said the rape claim was untrue.

In the mid-1990s, McCorvey made a public religious and political conversion and decided to be baptized on television in a backyard swimming pool. On that day, she declared herself newly pro-life and spent the last two decades of her life fighting against the ruling her own lie had made possible.

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