Almost immediately after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade on Friday, abortion activists took to the streets in protest. Some of those became violent, and some engaged in domestic terrorist acts through the weekend.
By Friday evening, angry mobs were marching in New York City. One group vandalized the building that is home to Fox News in midtown Manhattan.
Ashley Strohmier reported on-air that around 10 o’clock she could hear people outside the studio chanting and cursing at Fox News. She said that security advised her that the crowd knocked over metal barriers and painted graffiti on the building. Strohmier said she heard the mob throwing things against the studio windows.
Strohmier confirmed reports of other riots at locations around the country, including California, Philadelphia, Denver, Portland, and Seattle.
Police in Longmont, Colorado, reported a fire that was set early Saturday morning at Life Choices, a pregnancy center in the city. The building was also vandalized with black spray paint. The now-familiar threat was painted on the walls, warning that “if abortions aren’t safe, neither are you.” The FBI is assisting the city with the arson investigation.
The Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center in Lynchburg, Virginia, was damaged by vandals overnight Friday. The graffiti there also included the “if abortion ain’t safe, you ain’t safe” threat. Multiple windows in the building were also broken out.
Rioters in Portland smashed windows and painted graffiti at a number of downtown businesses Friday night. A pregnancy resource center was hit along with several banks and coffee shops as well as a van belonging to Portland Public Schools.
The Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier was vandalized with the same graffiti messaging made infamous by the domestic terror group Jane’s Revenge. The vandals also broke out seven windows across the front of the building. Police said that the damages are estimated to be greater than $25,000.
Fliers began circulating through Washington, D.C., on Friday after the Supreme Court announced its ruling signed “Jane’s Revenge.” They called for a national “night of rage” and rioting.
In the weeks since the draft opinion in the Dobbs case was leaked, letters signed by Jane’s Revenge have declared “open season” on pro-life groups and pregnancy centers. The group called for measures “not so easily cleaned up as fire and graffiti.”
Many Republican lawmakers have sharply criticized the response of Joe Biden’s Department of Justice as lax and enabling the ongoing violence. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) introduced a bill last week that would declare Jane’s Revenge as a domestic terrorist organization as defined by federal law.