Anti-abortion group gets threating voicemails; WI leaders urge no place for violence

MADISON, Wis.– Leadership from a Madison based ant-abortion advocacy group said since their office was vandalized and firebombed Sunday, they’ve received a number of threatening voicemails.

In a news release Friday Wisconsin Family Action shared a number of voicemails they said were received at their office and on the personal phone numbers of staff. 

“Next time that f—— Molotov, I hope it f—— doesn’t f—— miss,” said an unidentified person in one message.

This was after the group called on Madison Police, Governor Tony Evers, and Attorney General Josh Kaul to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law those who perpetrated Sunday’s attack.

If we are to preserve a free society, we must always hold accountable those who promise violence against others and their deeply held beliefs,” said the group’s president Julaine Appling in the release. “We should all be able to live out our beliefs without intimidation and violence. 

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Republican Congressman Bryan Steil said threats against other pro-life groups have increased since Sunday across the state and country. 

“[They] have come to me and shared their concerns that they have been threatened,” Steil said. “There is no room for criminal behavior inside what is a very important topic that we’re going to be continuing to discuss throughout this year.”

A belief Appling shares,. in Fridays release she said that violence is never the appropriate way to respond to disagreements. It’s one thing their political opposition can agree on.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin President Tanya Atkinson was quick to condemn Sunday’s property damage and threatening voicemails that followed.

“We are part of a movement that is rooted in love and rooted in justice,” Atkinson said. “That was the antithesis of love and justice.”

For Planned Parenthood violence motivated by politics is something it too has faced. In 2012 it’s abortion center in Appleton was firebombed and earlier this year it’s health center in Knoxville Tennessee was a target for arson.

Atkinson is urging people who support abortion to protest peacefully and focus on actionable change, by pressuring state leaders to repeal an 1849 state law, which bans abortion in every case except saving a mothers life, before an official Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade comes down.

“The leaders in our legislature have indicated that they will do anything in their power to restrict access to abortion,” Atkinson said. “That being said they do represent the people of Wisconsin and the vast majority of Wisconsinites believe abortion should remain safe and legal.”

Planned Parenthood will host a rally for abortion access at the State Capitol Saturday at 4 p.m.