In a recent letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, 124 members of Congress called upon the federal government to treat the recent outbreak of pro-abortion violence against pro-life organizations as domestic terrorism.
According to The Denver Gazette, the letter was penned by Reps. Scott Franklin (R-FL), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), and Mike Johnson (R-LA). Signers also included Reps. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY). In the letter, the lawmakers expressed “‘serious concerns over recent attacks targeting religious organizations and crisis pregnancy centers’” following the leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The letter asked whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) was investigating the violence as domestic terrorism, and inquired whether the DOJ had a plan to prevent similar attacks in the future. The lawmakers added that “‘the Department of Justice must act swiftly to investigate and prosecute recent domestic terrorist attacks against pro-life organizations and dissuade future perpetrators of such violence.’”
“Pro-life organizations and religious groups across the country, including in New York, have come under unprecedented attack by far-left activists following the unauthorized leak of a draft Supreme Court decision last month,” said Rep. Tenney. “The Department of Justice needs to step in and make clear that political violence has no place in American society and the law will be enforced. Sitting on the sidelines as Americans come under attack for their deeply held religious beliefs and Supreme Court Justices are targeted and intimidated is an indefensible position for the DOJ to take. I am honored to lead my colleagues in the House of Representatives to call on the Attorney General Garland to put an end to this anarchy now.”
In addition, a group of Republican senators and pro-life organizations wrote Attorney General Garland to advise him that “‘the criminal acts perpetrated against those who oppose legalized abortion are a clear effort to intimidate or coerce individuals who hold pro-life values.’”
The lawmakers who signed these letters are correct. An extremist group calling itself Jane’s Revenge has taken responsibility for many of the recent attacks on pro-life groups across the nation. In a recent website post, the group has openly threatened to escalate its attacks: “‘From here forward, any anti-choice group who closes their doors, and stops operating will no longer be a target. But until you do, it’s open season, and we know where your operations are. The infrastructure of the enslavers will not survive.’”
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) calls on federal, state, and local authorities to treat the cowardly crimes of pro-abortion extremists as the terrorist acts that they are and to act accordingly.