Authorities working to verify group’s claim of responsibility for Wisconsin Family Action firebombing
MADISON, Wis. — A group claiming to be responsible for arson and graffiti at the office of anti-abortion group Wisconsin Family Action issued a warning Tuesday, saying similar attacks could be coming across the country.
According to a report from Bellingcat’s Robert Evans, the group known as “Jane’s Revenge” demanded “the disbanding of all anti-choice groups, fake clinics, and violent anti-choice groups within the next thirty days.” Bellingcat is an international investigative journalism organization.
Evans said in an email to News 3 Now that a well-established source within the reproductive justice movement he considers reliable forwarded him the demand from Jane’s Revenge. He said that he was unfamiliar with the group and that it could have been formed in the wake of a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that indicates Roe v. Wade might be overturned this summer.
On Sunday, Wisconsin Family Action’s Madison office was damaged in an alleged arson. Madison police said two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the building, and multiple pieces of evidence from the scene were collected and sent to federal agencies, including the FBI and ATF.
The message “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either” as well as anarchist and anti-police symbols were spray-painted on the side of the building. No arrests related to the incident have been made.
In a statement, Jane’s Revenge said Sunday’s incident at Wisconsin Family Action was not a “declaration of war,” because “war has been upon us for decades.” They said the fire was just a warning, but that “next time the infrastructure of the enslavers will not survive.”
The group also said they have a presence across the country, and that “Wisconsin is the first flashpoint.”
You can read the statement from Jane’s Revenge below:
This is not a declaration of war. War has been upon us for decades. A war which we did not want, and did not provoke. Too long have we been attacked for asking for basic medical care. Too long have we been shot, bombed, and forced into childbirth without consent.
This was only a warning. We demand the disbanding of all anti-choice establishments, fake clinics, and violent anti-choice groups within the next thirty days. This is not a mere “difference of opinion” as some have framed it. We are literally fighting for our lives. We will not sit still while we are killed and forced into servitude. We have run thin on patience and mercy for those who seek to strip us of what little autonomy we have left. As you continue to bomb clinics and assassinate doctors with impunity, so too shall we adopt increasingly extreme tactics to maintain freedom over our own bodies.
We are forced to adopt the minimum military requirement for a political struggle. Again, this was only a warning. Next time the infrastructure of the enslavers will not survive. Medical imperialism will not face a passive enemy. Wisconsin is the first flashpoint, but we are all over the US, and we will issue no further warnings.
And we will not stop, we will not back down, nor will we hesitate to strike until the inalienable right to manage our own health is returned to us.
We are not one group, but many. We are in your city. We are in every city. Your repression only strengthens our accomplice-ship and resolve.
— Jane’s Revenge
News 3 Now reached out to Madison police to confirm the authenticity of the statement. MPD issued the following statement in response:
The Madison Police Department is aware of a group claiming responsibility for the arson at Wisconsin Family Action and are working with our federal partners to determine the veracity of that claim. We take all information and tips related to this case seriously and are working to vet each and every one. We encourage anyone with information about this arson to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.
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