The FBI director said that since the Dobbs decision in late June, “probably about 70% of our abortion-related violence or threat cases are violence or threat cases against…pro-life organizations.”
As of September 22, CNA has recorded attacks on 33 churches, 55 pregnancy centers, three political organizations and one maternity hospital since early May, where public evidence points to a pro-abortion motive. Crimes include vulgar graffiti, property damage, threats, theft and even arson.
Peaceful protests, as well as crimes, followed the May leak of a draft Supreme Court decision Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which found that Roe v. Wade would be overturned and end a nationwide requirement that States allow legal abortion.
Wray told the Senate hearing that bodies investigating crimes against churches and pro-life organizations include “about 20 field offices,” he said, as well as joint terrorism task forces. . He cited the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, known as the FACE Act, which since 1994 has prohibited the blocking of access to abortion clinics and places of worship. The Justice Department said the legislation also protects pro-life pregnancy centers.
“We take this very seriously,” Wray said. “And again, I don’t care if you’re motivated by pro-life or pro-choice views. You cannot use violence to express it,” he said.
Last month, House and Senate Republican lawmakers questioned why the FBI and Justice Department appear to be disproportionately targeting pro-lifers under the FACE Act. They contrasted these actions with an apparent lack of Justice Department investigations or prosecutions related to rising violence against pro-life individuals and institutions.
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