Wisconsin anti-abortion group targeted in Molotov cocktail arson: police

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A Wisconsin anti-abortion group said on Sunday that someone threw a Molotov cocktail into its Madison office and spray-painted a message outside, “If abortions aren’t safe, then you don’t. neither are you”.

Local reporters from outlets including WISC-TV, Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said they visited the Wisconsin Family Action office on Sunday and shared photos and videos of the apparent arson. A shattered window had since been boarded up and footage showed fire-damaged furniture and burnt books littering the office floor.

The exterior of the building was labeled in cursive: “if abortions aren’t safe, then neither are you.”


Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Applin told News 3 Now that someone threw a Molotov cocktail into her office around 6 a.m. and she didn’t know who was behind the attack.

In recent days, Wisconsin Family Action condemned the leak of a proposed Supreme Court opinion that, if released, would overturn Roe v. Wade.

The pro-life nonprofit released press releases last week criticizing Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, President Biden and other Democrats, saying in a May 6 statement: “While refusing to define correctly a woman, they do not recognize this murder. is objectively wrong and that the right to life is the only right that exists in this case.”

The Madison Police Department has confirmed it is investigating Sunday morning’s fire at an office building in the 2800 block of International Lane as arson.

Flames were seen coming from the facility shortly after 6 a.m., and the blaze was quickly extinguished by the Madison Fire Department, according to a police incident report. A Molotov cocktail, which did not ignite, was thrown inside the building and another fire was started in response, police spokeswoman Stephanie Fryer said, acknowledging graffiti also had were found at the scene. No injuries were reported.

“The Madison Police Department understands that members of our community are feeling deep emotions due to recent news involving the United States Supreme Court,” Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes said in a statement. “Early Sunday morning, our team began investigating a suspicious fire inside an office building on the north side of town. It appears that a specific non-profit organization that supports anti-abortion measures was targeted.”


“Our department has supported and continues to support people who are able to speak freely and openly about their beliefs,” the chief continued. “But we believe that any act of violence, including the destruction of property, does not help any cause. We have notified our federal partners of this incident and are working with them and the Madison Fire Department as we investigate this. criminal fire.”

A press conference to provide more information is scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m. local time.

Fox News Digital also contacted Wisconsin Family Action separately for comment, but did not immediately respond.


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