Police are investigating the vandalism and arson at the office of Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life organization in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sunday morning. There were no injuries.
Spokeswoman Stephanie Fryer said police investigators believe the fire started shortly after 6 a.m. on Sunday morning. A person driving by the building on the way to the airport called police to report smoke rising from the structure.
Officials have not determined how much damage the fire caused, and a Molotov cocktail was found at the site. Authorities say it appears a separate fire was then started.
A message was spray-painted on the building. It says “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.” Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes said in a statement that apparently a “non-profit that supports anti-abortion measures” was attacked.
The letter “A” and the number “1312” were also painted outside. The numbers generally represent people who are opposed to the police.
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling sees the fire, coming just a few days after the leak of a Supreme Court draft on the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade, as a “direct threat.” She said, however, that repairs will be made and “an even stronger grassroots effort” will be the result.
Appling says the political action committee receives “veiled and not so veiled threats” occasionally, Nothing, however, that has approached the level of this incident.
In the days since last week’s unprecedented draft leak, Democrats and other leftist groups have organized protests and even targeted the homes of Supreme Court justices. They also blocked the entrance to an iconic Catholic church in Manhattan in a Saturday demonstration.
Bipartisan condemnation of the apparent arson and vandalism was swift. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) decried acts of violence and hatred, including the damage to the Madison lobbying group’s office. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson called the attack “abhorrent” and said it should be universally condemned.
The left has a well-documented history of resorting to street violence when they don’t get their way — or, as in this case, when it is possible that they won’t get their way. With the explosion of angry rhetoric since the leaked draft, and now the Wisconsin attack, it’s clearly time for pro-life supporters to be vigilant.