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U.S. Reps. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover), Barry Moore (R-Enterprise), Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) joined 122 of their U.S. House Republican colleagues urging U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate attacks on pro-life centers and other religious organizations.
The group of lawmakers, led by U.S. Reps. Scott Franklin (R-Fla.), Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) and Mike Johnson (R-La.) called on the Justice Department to investigate the attacks as acts of domestic terrorism in the wake of the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion on a forthcoming ruling that could overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion on demand legal in the United States.
"We write to express serious concerns over recent attacks targeting religious organizations and crisis pregnancy centers and request the Department of Justice respond with how its National Security Division plans to investigate these acts of domestic terrorism," the letter said.
"Since the draft Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health U.S. Supreme Court opinion was leaked on May 2, 2022, U.S. Supreme Court Justices and pro-life advocates have experienced heightened threats and violence. In the past month, terrorists have targeted numerous pro-life crisis pregnancy centers — two of which culminated in the firebombing and destruction of property by the terrorist group Jane's Revenge in Buffalo, NY, and Madison, WI. During the Madison attack, the group directly threatened life and spray-painted 'if abortions aren't safe, then you aren't either' on the building's façade."
The letter offered a list of incidents alleged to be associated with the forthcoming high-court ruling and asked for a response in 30 days from the Justice Department if the incidents were being investigated as domestic terrorism and if an actionable plan was being implemented to prevent further attacks.
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