Summary: In the aftermath of the Dobbs decision, a concerning surge in violence against crisis pregnancy centers and pro-life organizations has been observed, with a total of at least 88 documented incidents, including fire bombings, vandalism, and arson. Of equal concern is the lack of proactive response from the Department of Justice (DOJ) in addressing these incidents, as evidenced by only one prosecution under the Federal Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. This report aims to provide an overview of these events and their implications for national security.
Incident Overview: Since the Dobbs decision, the United States has witnessed a notable escalation in violence against crisis pregnancy centers and pro-life entities. This wave of incidents includes fire bombings, acts of vandalism, and deliberate arson attacks. The perpetrators of these attacks are believed to be pro-abortion domestic terrorists, operating under the banner of a "summer of rage."
DOJ's Response: The response from the DOJ to this surge in violence has been inadequate. As of the time of this report, only one case has been prosecuted under the FACE Act in connection with these incidents. This lack of action has raised concerns about the enforcement of federal laws designed to protect the rights of individuals and organizations associated with the pro-life movement.
Assessment of Key Actions: Key statements and actions taken by pro-life advocates have drawn attention to what some consider a stark contrast in the DOJ's approach to different groups. On one hand, the DOJ has been vigorously pursuing convictions against non-violent pro-life protestors, notably in the case of Lauren Handy and others, who have been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison. These actions have been criticized as disproportionate.
Attorney General's Actions: There are public allegations of the Attorney General implementing a politicized two-tiered system of justice. Calls have been made for the resignation of the Attorney General based on the disparity in the DOJ's response to the attacks on pregnancy centers and pro-life activists compared to its approach to non-violent pro-life protestors.
Retaliation Allegations: The DOJ's Associate Attorney General has acknowledged that the department is targeting pro-life activists under the FACE Act in response to the overturn of Roe v. Wade. This admission aligns with allegations of retaliation against pro-life activists, including Mark Houck, as part of a retaliatory strategy.
Assessment: The surge in attacks against pregnancy centers and pro-life groups, believed to be perpetrated by pro-abortion domestic terrorists, represents a concerning escalation of violence in the United States. The DOJ's lack of decisive action and the political bias in its enforcement of the law have further exacerbated the situation.
The situation merits continued monitoring as it poses a potential threat to national security, not only due to the violence itself but also the potential for further polarization and civil unrest. Furthermore, it is essential to assess the broader implications of the DOJ's actions and whether they are contributing to an environment of political division and discontent.