U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has authored a bill targeting extremist pro-choice groups like “Jane’s Revenge” and “Ruth Sent Us” as domestic terrorists.
The short title of the bill is the “Protecting Mothers and Babies from Terrorism Act” and cites 21 examples of attacks linked to the groups. One of the more horrific incidents cited in the bill occurred on May 8, 2022, when a pregnancy center in Wisconsin was set on fire and vandalized by graffiti that said, “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.” Jane’s Revenge claimed responsibility for it and other similar attacks across the United States. The bill attempts to define this string of incidents as domestic terrorism under Title 18 of the United States Code.
The attacks began in response to a leaked draft opinion of the Supreme Court which overturned the controversial abortion case Roe v. Wade. The court made the draft official by publishing it on June 24, 2022, and sending the question of abortion back to the states.
In response, there were immediate protests in Washington D.C. that also erupted in other parts of the country like Los Angeles and Phoenix. The Arizona protest was the most intense so far, where protestors disrupted the business at the state capitol. A large crowd threatened to breach the entryway. The senate was present and had to move to a secure location inside the building to complete the session. Heavily armed police broke up the demonstration with tear gas.
So far, the protests have been general in nature. There has not been targeted violence toward pregnancy centers or other pro-life locations of the type referenced in Greene’s bill. Churches will be on high alert for Sunday services this weekend, mainly Roman Catholic congregations, with the Baltimore Basilica closing over the weekend for safety concerns.
Whether Greene’s law passes or not, there are plenty of statutes in the books to discourage rioting and violence. Now, what remains to be seen is if those laws will be enforced.