PowerUp: Julaine Appling on abortion terrorists

Empower Wisconsin  | May 20, 2022

MADISON — Law enforcement agents continue to investigate the attack nearly two weeks ago on Wisconsin Family Action’s Madison headquarters, as the pro-life organization cleans up from the damage and weighs the dangers ahead.

Contrary to some of the absurd reporting from the mainstream media, the people who attempted to firebomb the building in the early morning hours of Mother’s Day did signifiant damage, Wisconsin Family Action President Julaine Appling said.

“People need to understand that. It was an attempt to actually put us out of business,” Appling told Empower Wisconsin’s M.D. Kittle on Wednesday’s Vicki McKenna Show.

She said a restoration crew was in this week.

As Empower Wisconsin reported, the organization is now forced to shift resources aimed at advocating for pro-life, religious liberty and traditional family values to enhanced security for its staff and operations.

The attack 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.

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

A radical group calling itself “Jane’s Revenge” claimed responsibility for the attack in the wake of a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft ruling that could overturn Roe v. Wade. 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.”

Appling said a detective assigned to the case told her he’s hopeful police would have something more solid to report in the coming days.

“I really hope that’s true, because the longer we go without getting a suspect brought in and charged and the systems started aggressively on that, the more likely we are to have this happen elsewhere,” Appling said. “That’s our concern. We’re not about vengeance and revenge. We’re about justice, and we’re about making sure it doesn’t happen to someone else. Someone is going to get hurt badly.”

Julaine Appling is our guest on today’s edition of PowerUp, Empower Wisconsin’s podcast.

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