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Activists Set Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Ablaze With Molotov Cocktail; Graffiti Read ‘If Abortions Aren’t Safe Then You Aren’t Either’

But yeah, we should fear the attacks from the "far-right."

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MADISON, WI – Authorities in Madison have determined that an arson attack lodged against a pro-life pregnancy center on May 8th was a targeted act of arson enacted by pro-abortion radicals.

Madison Fire Department had received reports at approximately 6:00 a.m. on May 8th about flames emanating from the Wisconsin Family Action headquarters building located at 2801 International Lane.

The fire was quickly extinguished, but evidence at the scene led investigators to suspect early on that the attack was ideologically driven. Apparently, a Molotov cocktail was tossed into side the building, but seemingly failed to ignite. Madison Police believe at that point a separate fire was started inside of the building by the suspect(s).

In addition to the fire set, investigators say there was graffiti found at the scene that appears to be associated with the incident, as the outside of the building was tagged with, “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.”

Early on in the investigation, Madison police spokeswoman Stephanie Fryer stated, “Due to the suspicious nature of this fire, our arson investigators responded. They are actively working this case at this time.”

Julaine Appling, who serves as the president of Wisconsin Family Action, says that the arson attack “is a direct threat against us,” referring to those involved in the anti-abortion movement. She added, “Imagine if somebody had been in the office when this happened. They would have been hurt.”

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Appling blatantly called out the attack for what it is, saying it “is the local manifestation of the anger and the lack of tolerance from the pro-abortion people toward those of us who are pro-life.”

Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes issued a statement regarding the incident, acknowledging that while the contents of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion have resulted in “deep emotions,” that criminal acts such as this arson incident “do not aid in any cause.”

“The Madison Police Department understands members of our community are feeling deep emotions due to the recent news involving the United States Supreme Court. Early Sunday morning, our team began investigating a suspicious fire inside an office building on the city’s north side.

“It appears a specific non-profit that supports anti-abortion measures was targeted. Our department has and continues to support people being able to speak freely and openly about their beliefs. But we feel that any acts of violence, including the destruction of property, do not aid in any cause.”

This incident follows one of a similar nature that occurred in Peoria, Illinois days earlier, where the pro-life Women’s Health Center in north Peoria was targeted with an arson attack that resulted in roughly $250,000 in damages with no reported injuries.

No suspects in both the Illinois or Wisconsin case have been identified by authorities as of this writing.

This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on May 8, 2022. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.

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