An attempted arson and vandalism reported at the office of a pro-life politician early Monday in Washington state adds to growing concerns about violence against people who work to protect unborn babies from abortion.
The incident is the fifth arson or attempted arson against pro-life lawyers since news broke in May of a leaked draft ruling in which the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Dozens of churches and pro-life organizations have also been the target of vandalism, threats, and intimidation, with pro-abortion radicals threatening more violence if the court overthrows Roe this summer.
My Northwest reports that the office building of pro-life Republican state Andrew Barkis was vandalized just after 4 a.m. Monday in Olympia, two masked individuals broke into a window with a hammer and threw a flaming torch into the building.
“Luckily, the torch landed on a brick floor, and the building survived,” House Minority Leader JT Wilcox wrote on Twitter, posting a security video of the crime. “I think this is a target. I don’t think it would be easy to argue that this was a random event.”
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The building houses Barkis’ company and the House of Republicans’ campaign offices.
Olympia Police and the Washington State Patrol are both investigating, according to the McClatchy News Service.
Barkis, R-Lacey, has sponsored several pro-life bills in the state legislature, including one this year to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discriminatory abortions. However, it failed to pass the Democrat-controlled legislature.
While it’s unclear whether his office was targeted because of his pro-life record, it’s suspicious given the spate of arson, vandalism, threats, and harassment that have targeted pro-lifers in recent weeks.
Here’s more from the report:
Wilcox told McClatchy Monday that neither he nor Barkis believes it was random vandalism because he thinks a hammer and torch aren’t just something people carry with them. Wilcox said they’re not sure why they were targeted.
Another incident last week is worrisome for Wilcox, he said. Last Friday, a shooting occurred outside Rep. Peter Abbarno, a Republican from Centralia. Wilcox does not believe the incidents are related and does not think the shooting was aimed at Abbarno.
“Two out of 41 [House Republicans] committing a crime in front of their eyes or their property seems a little strange for five days,” Wilcox said, adding that he sent an email to lawmakers this week about protecting their safety of them and their families.
In a post on Twitter, he said the crime occurred “the same day unhinged partisans publish a list of Andrew as an extremist, something we all know is BS.” It is not clear which list Wilcox was referring to.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a pro-abortion Democrat, condemned the violence, as did many politicians from both parties, according to My Northwest.
“Such attempts at violence are abhorrent,” Inslee said. “We are grateful that no one was injured. Hopefully, the police can identify these individuals before they do any more damage.”
The report is the latest in a growing series of attacks on pro-life individuals, organizations, and churches. Four others have also been the target of arson since May, and dozens have been destroyed. According to LifeNews’ tally, there have been about 60 incidents since the Supreme Court leak.
Last week, an alleged murderer with a gun was arrested outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after he said he planned to kill the judge, police said.
Reports since the leak includes:
Michigan – Naked protester disrupts Catholic Mass to promote the killing of babies in abortions
Alaska – Maternity center vandalized with nails, pro-abortion graffiti (EWTN Ireland)
Oregon – Abortion activists bomb another pro-life maternity center, fourth bombing in weeks
New York – Topless abortion rights protesters storm New York Liberty WNBA Game court (Huffington Post)
New York – Statues of Lúcia dos Santos and Jacinta Marto vandalized and beheaded in Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church (ABC 7 New York)
New York – Tabernacle stolen, Holy Eucharist thrown on the floor, statues of angels beheaded on the altar and destroyed at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Brooklyn (Catholic News Agency)
Michigan – Police arrest abortion activist for allegedly disrupting Michigan House Session (Bridge Michigan)
California – Abortion activist arrested who tried to approach Joe Biden to urge him to promote abortion
Maryland – Police arrest man with a gun outside Supreme Court Judge Kavanaugh’s home, reportedly threatened to kill him (Washington Post)
North Carolina – Asheville Maternity Center Destroyed With Pro-Abortion Graffiti (Lauren Muzyka/Sidewalk Advocates for Life) (more at FOX Carolina)
New York – Abortion Activists Firebomb Pro-Life Maternity Center, Third Bomb Attack in Weeks
New York – Pro-Abortion Protesters Mob Catholic Pro-Life Procession (National Review)
Texas – Radical abortion activists raid church service to promote killing of babies
Florida – Pro-abortion violence continues as abortion activists vandalize Catholic pro-life bureau
Washington, DC – Abortion activists toss out maternity center: dump paint on the door, egg windows, write “revenge” on wall
Pennsylvania – Pro-Life Billboard smashed in Pittsburgh (ProLife across America)
Oregon – Mother and Child Center Destroyed; Address was published by abortion rights proponent (Catholic sentry)
Oregon – Eugene Maternity Center Destroyed With Pro-Abortion Graffiti (Andy Ngo)
New Jersey – Catholic Pro-Life Student Attacked in Public School, 7 Pro-Abortion Students Suspended (CNA) (Video)
Washington State – Radical abortion activists vandalize Pro-Life Center, smash five windows and abandon threats
Michigan – Grand Rapids rally suspended after unruly protesters shouted anti-abortion activists (MLive)
Mississippi – Rural black church vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti
Oregon – Pro-Life Billboard smashed in Portland: “Abort the Supreme Court” (Andy Ngo)
Washington State – Four Churches Destroyed by Pro-Abortion Radicals in Olympia (more from the Washington Free Beacon)
Alabama – Pastor, parishioners respond to vandalism at Pro-Life Women’s Clinic in Auburn (Opelika-Auburn News)
Arizona – Planned Parenthood Chair Brags How Her Husband Attacked Husband In “Blacks For Trump” Shirt
US – Abortion activists threaten to burn Supreme Court, kill judges when Roe is destroyed (more on CBS News)
Arizona – Watch: Pro-abortion protesters attack, spit on volunteers for ‘Students for Kari’ (College Fix)
Missouri – Pro-life student group at the University of Missouri calls for dialogue after the monument was vandalized (campus reform)
Indiana – Pro-Life student lawyers pushed, grabbed from behind at Pro-Abortion Rally (Students for Life)
Idaho – Two arrested at the pro-abortion rally; protester allegedly kicked police officer (KTVB 7)
Maryland – Birthright of Frederick Vandalized: “F— Fake Clinics”
Maryland – Alpha maternity center in Reisterstown vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti (Andy Ngo) (more on WBAL-TV 11)
USA – Video: Pro-Life student activists kicked, pushed by pro-abortion protesters (Students for Life)
Michigan – Michigan Catholic church vandalized with satanic symbols after Roe Leak (more in The Tennessee Star)
New York City – Abortion Activists Threaten to Bomb St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Maine – Republican senator receives threats after voting no to the radical pro-abortion bill (Boston Globe)
Texas – Another Pro-Life maternity center vandalized in Denton (NRL News)
Virginia – Pro-Life Organization Office destroyed; Man reveals himself, urinates on the front door (Women concerned for America)
Colorado – Parish Church in Fort Collins tagged with pro-abortion graffiti; police investigation (Catholic News Agency)
Oregon – Oregon Right to Life bombed with Molotov cocktail
Texas – Catholic church vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti
Virginia – Pregnancy center vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti in Northern Virginia (National Review) (more from Human Coalition)
US – Pro-abortion feminist calls for violence against pro-life Americans, celebrates arson
Wisconsin – Abortion activists set fire to Pro-Life Group office, throw Molotov cocktails
Texas – Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Destroyed in Denton, Texas (more from Students for Life)
Oregon, Maryland – Radical abortion activists vandalize pro-life maternity centers that help pregnant women
Washington, DC – Two pro-life leaders say abortion activists beat them during DC protest (steadfast)
Texas – Pro-abortion group brags about vandalizing Trotter House Pregnancy Center in Austin (Stop the Sweeps ATX) (more at Maternity News)
Texas – Pro-Life University of North Texas Student Says Antifa Blasted Door, Issued Threats (Fox News)
Washington State – Antifa Assault News Crew at Seattle Pro-Abortion Rally (Andy Ngo)
Colorado – Boulder Catholic Church Defiled After Roe v. Wade Draft Opinion Leak (Denver Gazette)
Oregon – Pro-abortion protesters damage property in Portland after SCOTUS abortion leak (KXL 101 FM News) (more on KOIN 6)
California – Two police officers injured in pro-abortion protest in Los Angeles (more on CBS News)