Wisc. Anti-Abortion Group’s Office Targeted in Arson Attack

MADISON, Wis. — Vandals struck an anti-abortion group’s office in Wisconsin, apparently setting a fire after a Molotov cocktail thrown into the building failed to ignite, authorities said.

Flames were seen coming from Wisconsin Family Action’s office shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday, and the fire was being investigated as arson. It wasn’t immediately clear who vandalized the building, but the message “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either” was spray-painted on the exterior.

There were no injuries.

“It appears a specific nonprofit that supports anti-abortion measures was targeted,” Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes said in a statement. To update the public on the situation, police planned to hold a news conference Monday afternoon.

This vandalism occurred just days after a leaked draft opinion indicated that the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.

The president of the lobbying group, Julaine Appling, said she considers the fire a “direct threat against us.” She said people could have been hurt if they had been working in the office at the time.

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“This 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,” Appling told the Wisconsin State Journal.

Appling said her group won’t be intimidated.

“We will repair our offices, remain on the job, and build an even stronger grassroots effort,” Appling said. “We will not back down. We won’t stop what we do. Too much is at stake.”

Both political parties quickly condemned vandalism.

“We condemn violence and hatred in all forms, including the actions at Wisconsin Family Action in Madison,” Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, said in a tweet. “We reject violence against any person for disagreeing with another’s view. Violent acts are not the best way to go. Hurting others is never the answer.”

Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican, said the actions shouldn’t be tolerated.

“This attack is abhorrent and should be condemned by all,” Johnson said.

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