After the leaked draft of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization opinion was published by Politicoin early May, abortion has once again taken center stage in American politics, and the Left’s radical pro-abortion extremism shows no signs of abating. From state-level codification of the “right to abortion,” to taxpayer funding for abortion providers, to calls for federal legislation guaranteeing abortion up to the point of birth, to dialogue of keeping the baby “comfortable” while the mother and doctor determine if it is kept alive post-birth, the advocates on the Left have proven themselves to be extremists in the abortion debate.
Unfortunately, the Left’s abortion radicalism is not confined to the political sphere. Instead, their irresponsible and sensationalist rhetoric and political extremism have spurred real-life violence and vandalism against public officials, pregnancy resource centers, and churches across the country.
For example, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke at a pro-abortion rally in 2020 and threatened Supreme Court Justices by name: “I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
On May 9, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted the following to her 278,000 Twitter followers: “To my friends in the LGBTQ+ community—the Supreme Court is coming for us next. This moment has to be a call to arms.”
Just last week, local police apprehended a man intent on killing Justice Brett Kavanaugh, motivated by the rhetoric of the Left regarding the looming Dobbsdecision. Despite obvious and significant threats to the pro-life movement, given added weight by recent events, we have not seen any measures by the federal government to mitigate these violent threats. The Biden Administration’s focus has instead remained on their potential political opposition. When given the opportunity to condemn such actions, the Biden Administration stated they supported protests outside the personal homes of the Supreme Court Justices, clearly aimed to illegally intimidate the judges into bowing to external pressures.
This sentiment is widespread. When Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked about the escalating attacks on pregnancy centers and churches across the country, she refused to condemn the violence. Just this week, the Washington Post ran an article titled “How aggressively should liberals attack the Supreme Court?” which highlighted suggestions to “attack the Court” and referred to it as “a kind of cancer on our democracy.”
Predictably, abortion radicalism coupled with this extremist rhetoric has led to real-world consequences, including a proliferation of violence against those who stand for life. It is imperative that free speech not be silenced and our judges are protected.
Below is a list of vandalism, violence, and threats of violence against public officials, pregnancy resource centers, and churches perpetrated by pro-abortion radicals since the Dobbs leak: