How Violent Will the Pro-Abortion Crowd Get?

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Last month, the Department of Homeland Security warned about the threat of pro-abortion violence becoming more common after a Supreme Court draft opinion leaked indicating the Court intends to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to pass laws regulating abortions. Now, it appears their warnings were not unfounded.

Pro-abortion activists have carried out yet another act of terrorism against a pro-life organization. This time, it occurred at the Gresham Pregnancy Resource Center in Oregon last Saturday. The group made an announcement on its website explaining that the attack happened at about 3:00 a.m. and included pictures of the damage.

“Our Gresham Pregnancy Resource Center was set on fire this morning at about 3 a.m. From initial investigations by Police and Fire authorities, it appears an incendiary device was thrown through a window,” the organization said.

The alarm alerted the authorities, who put out the fire and contained it in one room before it could spread throughout the entire building. Unlike other similar attacks, the attackers did not leave a message. However, CEO Luke Cirillo believes this is the work of left-wing activists.

“When our SE Portland Pregnancy Resource Center was vandalized a few weeks back, I said at the time that we had an incredibly resilient team,” he said. “It remains true. I am deeply encouraged by the way our staff grieves honestly and prays genuinely for the hearts of the people perpetrating these crimes.”

“At the same time, this hurts. Arson is particularly violent and destructive, and it compromises a sense of safety for our team and for the people we serve,” he continued. “On top of that, this will require temporary closure of our center until we can make repairs.”

This is the latest in a long series of terrorist acts of vandalism that began after the court’s draft opinion was leaked. LifeNews reported that about 59 such attacks have occurred so far. A far-leftist pro-abortion group called Jane’s Revenge has carried out a series of firebombings nationwide that have targeted pro-life organizations. Last week, it torched the offices of Family Action in Wisconsin. Activists vandalized the building and spray-painted a message that read “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.”

In a statement sent to a left-wing journalist, the group threatened to carry out more attacks nationally.

Other similar acts were committed in Oregon and Iowa. In one instance, these individuals smeared feces on the walls of one of the structures.

Historically, most abortion-related violence has been committed by fringe elements on the pro-life side. They targeted doctors and nurses that performed abortions and also firebombed clinics. However, these types of attacks have decreased over time. But now, it appears the shoe is on the other foot and pro-abortion activists are using the same tactics.

So far, there have been no casualties of these attacks. But, if Jane’s Revenge is any indication, things might only escalate from here. This is especially true after the Supreme Court finally hands down its ruling in Dobbs. When this happens, it can be expected that fringe elements on the left will begin targeting people working at pregnancy centers and other pro-life organizations. Indeed, the fact that the authorities just apprehended a would-be assassin who targeted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the abortion issue is yet another indicator that this could get even uglier.

With the current state of America’s political environment, more politically-motivated violence is the last thing the country needs. There are already those seeking to start a race war – we saw that manifest in Buffalo, New York. Progressives are still exploiting that mass shooting to further foment racial tensions. But the abortion issue could open up a brand new front in hostilities – and this does not even account for other potential motivators for violence.

Many have predicted that America will go through another Civil War. This still remains unlikely in my estimation, given that there are geographical factors that weren’t quite present in the 1860s. However, this does not mean a back-and-forth of violent attacks might not occur. It only takes a few bad actors to spark a wider conflagration. But hopefully, I’m just being too doom-and-gloom and things will be just hunky-dory.


Editor’s note: A previous version of this article indicated the Gresham Pregnancy Resource Center is in Ohio — it is in Oregon. We regret the error. 


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