A Colorado Christian crisis center for pregnant women was vandalized and set on fire Saturday morning, a day after the US Supreme Court reversed federal protection of abortions.
Police responded to a fire at Life Choices in Longmont around 3:20 a.m. and found the building ablaze with covered with graffiti messages referencing the controversial overturning of Roe v. Wade, officials said.
“If abortions aren’t safe neither are you,” one message read, accompanied by the circled “A” anarchy symbol, which is commonly used by the group “Antifa” (Anti-Fascists).
“Bans off our bodies,” was also painted onto the entrance walkway of the building while another anarchy symbol adorned its façade, according to pictures released by police.
Pro-abortion groups such as Jane’s Revenge and others have urged sympathizers to unleash a “Summer of Rage” across the country.
“Now the leash is off,” the group said in a June 14 communique in anticipation of the court’s action. “And we will make it as hard as possible for your campaign of oppression to continue. We have demonstrated in the past month how easy and fun it is to attack.”
The threats, issued online and through pamphlet and flyer campaigns, drew attention from the White House this week. Asked specifically about threats from Jane’s Revenge, press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre acknowledged the potential for nationwide riots.
“Violence and destruction of property have no place in our country under any circumstances and the president denounces this action,” she told reporters. “Actions like this are completely unacceptable regardless of our politics and we continue to denounce any violence or threats.”
Investigators have encouraged residents and businesses in the area to provide any surveillance footage that may assist in their investigation.
The incident in Longmont happened after a majority on the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday. The decisions, along with so-called trigger laws that went into effect in nearly two dozen states, have sparked protests and acts of violence in cities across the country.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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