All Posts by Empower Wisconsin

Appling: Threats continue against Wisconsin Family Action

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — You can forgive Julaine Appling for not having much faith in Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul when it comes to protecting Wisconsin’s pro-life movement.

Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, is now forced to shift resources aimed at advocating for pro-life, religious liberty and traditional family values to protecting her staff and operations. And she finds little comfort in Evers’ and Kaul’s tepid public condemnation of the attacks against her organization; the words ring hollow coming from the state’s top Democrats after they spent days whipping up the rage of their far left, abortion-supporting base.

“Someone like Tony Evers, who is fine with the slaughter of unborn children and has given a wink and a nod to the rioters in Kenosha and Madison, gave a pablum response to what happened at our office,” Appling told Empower Wisconsin.

As of Tuesday morning — a full two days after a leftist group allegedly tossed Molotov cocktails into the windows and set on fire Wisconsin Family Action’s Madison headquarters —  Appling said she hadn’t received a single call from the attorney general, the governor, Madison police or the federal agents reportedly assisting with the investigation.

“All of a sudden, instead of focusing on this important (November) election coming up, we’re looking at what kinds of funds do we have to divert for our own security,” she said.

That sense of anxiety and urgency soared Tuesday after it was reported that an organization calling itself “Jane’s Revenge” claimed responsibility for setting fire to Wisconsin Family Action’s north side offices. The group promised more violence to come if similar organizations don’t disband nationwide, according the the Wisconsin State Journal. 

“This was only a warning,” the group stated in its “first communique” passed along anonymously to Bellingcat, a Netherlands-based investigative reporting site. “We demand the disbanding of all anti-choice establishments, fake clinics and violent anti-choice groups within the next 30 days.”

The statement could not be independently confirmed.

The name “Jane’s Revenge”, according to Forbes, is an apparent reference to the Jane Collective, a Chicago-based group that operated during the 1960s and 1970s, helping women obtain abortions. National Public Radio just days ago did a glowing piece on the Jane Collective, headlined “The abortion underground and what lessons can be learned from the Jane Collective.”

As the State Journal reported, the statement claims to represent multiple groups “in every city” and threatened the attack on Wisconsin Family Action may be the first of many.

“Next time the infrastructure of the enslavers will not survive,” the group declared. “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.”

Madison police continue to investigate what they have described as an act of arson that damaged a corner office and burned books and carpeting before firefighters doused the flames. No one was injured. There were no suspects in custody as of Tuesday.

On Monday, police described the incident as an “abortion extremism case,” and law enforcement officials have characterized the attack as a “type of terrorism.”

The criminals tagged the exterior wall with an anarchy symbol and an anti-police code, according to reports. Scrawled on the outside of the building was a clear threat: “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.”

The threats haven’t stopped, Appling told Empower Wisconsin.

“We started getting threatening calls on Sunday,” she said. “This morning a caller said, ‘The next time the Molotov cocktail won’t miss and you will burn.’” The incendiary devises thrown into the building did not ignite, according to the police report, but a fire was set.

“When I read that article and statement from the (leftist) group, I thought, ‘Does that mean they’re going back and finishing the job?’” Appling said.

She certainly isn’t counting on Evers to vigorously defend the safety and speech of pro-life groups. The governor’s campaign quickly pumped out campaign fundraising appeals following last week’s leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that, as it stands, would overturn Roe v. Wade. That’s what started all of the protests nationwide, including rage-filled demonstrations at the homes of Supreme Court justices and Catholic churches. It appears the attack on Wisconsin Family Action was driven by the leak as well.

Evers’ campaign is positioning the governor as the last line of defense in Wisconsin for abortion rights.

“It’s never been more important to have a Governor that supports access to quality, affordable healthcare and reproductive rights,” a fundraising appeal states.

Will the governor be as vigorous in calling for the protection of his pro-life political enemies and their First Amendment rights? Appling isn’t holding her breath.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Kevin Nicholson and Rebecca Kleefisch weighed in on the issue again Tuesday. Nicholson tweeted the attack on Wisconsin Family Action “is disgusting and the perpetrators must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” He said President Biden, Evers and Kaul are “each responsible for the degradation of law and order that has led us to this point.”

Kleefisch called on Evers and Kaul to “immediately take all actions necessary to protect Wisconsin pro-life groups from terrorism.”

“The Evers Administration’s typical weak statements and absent leadership won’t be enough to protect pro-life groups from these violent threats. I stand with Wisconsinites who defend the right to life in their mission and will fight for law and order.”

Listen to more:

Explore More
Spotlight: Racine sued over voting van

Spotlight: Racine sued over voting van

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — The city of Racine’s use of its “polling booth on wheels” violates Wisconsin election law,…

Read More »

December 2, 2022
Return the surplus to taxpayers

Return the surplus to taxpayers

By Owen Robinson, Boots & Sabers With the state’s coffers overflowing, every hog is at the trough jostling for position…

Read More »

December 2, 2022
How to destroy the U.S…

How to destroy the U.S…

By Victor Davis Hanson First, you would surrender our prior energy independence. Reduce new gas and oil leases on federal…

Read More »

December 2, 2022
Marquette Poll: Biden underwater, DeSantis stock rising

Marquette Poll: Biden underwater, DeSantis stock rising

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — The latest Marquette University Law School national poll shows President Joe Biden remains underwater and…

Read More »

December 2, 2022
Evers’ DNR turning harder left

Evers’ DNR turning harder left

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers has radicalized the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and things look to…

Read More »

December 1, 2022
Cash-strapped UW seeking video game coordinator

Cash-strapped UW seeking video game coordinator

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — The University of Wisconsin System seems to always be struggling to find enough operating cash….

Read More »

December 1, 2022

3 thoughts on “Appling: Threats continue against Wisconsin Family Action

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *