In response to Roe v. Wade launched violent attacks for “weeks”.
Extremists are expected to carry out violent attacks “for weeks” in response to the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling — with politicians and judges among the most likely targets, the Department of Homeland Security warned Friday.
“Some domestic violent extremists (DVEs) are likely to take advantage of the US Supreme Court’s recent decision overthrowing Roe V. Wade to escalate violence against a variety of targets,” according to a three-page unclassified memo that CNN available.
“We anticipate there could be weeks of violence after the release, particularly as DVEs may be mobilized to respond to changes in state laws and voting actions on abortion resulting from the decision.”
The memo from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis added, “Federal and state government officials — including judges — and agencies are probably the most vulnerable to violence.”
It cited an online post by the militant pro-choice network Jane’s Revenge, which called for a “night of anger” over the court’s decision, telling its supporters: “We need the state to feel our full wrath.” and “We must make them afraid of us.”
DHS also noted the arrest earlier this month of a California man accused of attempting to assassinate US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, allegedly “in response” to the release of a leaked draft of the majority opinion from Friday May 2nd.
In addition, public demonstrations and rallies “are likely to be attractive targets for a number of DVEs to commit violence against ideological opponents,” and “violence could escalate” against abortion clinics and anti-abortion “Pregnancy Resource Centers” and their staff, said the DHS.
The memo cited arson attacks on buildings linked to both types of operations in New York, Oregon, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Washington.
Jane’s Revenge – thought to be inspired by a group of 1970s abortion providers calling themselves The Jane Collective – claimed responsibility for three incidents, prompting a “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist” to make an online appeal to release retaliation against abortion clinics, the memo said.
DHS also said it was aware of “at least 11 incidents of vandalism, threatening violence targeting religious entities considered anti-abortion and a threat to ‘bomb’ and ‘burn’ a church in New York.
“These incidents of vandalism against religious organizations may indicate future targets for DVE attacks,” the memo said.