Republican lawmakers urged U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to re-examine pro-abortion terrorism on Wednesday amid dozens of reports of arson, vandalism, and threats against pro-lifers in recent weeks. To date, Garland has not charged any abortion activist with violence or destruction related to incendiary or doxxing and protesting outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.
House and Senate Republicans sent letters to the Justice Department leader on Wednesday, demanding that he take action in response to the violence, The Washington Times reported.
“…the Justice Department must act swiftly to investigate and prosecute recent domestic terrorist attacks against pro-life organizations and to discourage future perpetrators of such violence,” more than 120 House Republicans wrote in a letter published in Washington. Examiner.
Although Garland has condemned the threats and violence, many believe his office is not doing enough to stop it. In their letter, Senate Republicans asked why his department has not arrested illegal protesters outside the judges’ houses, especially since Judge Brett Kavanaugh was the target of an assassination attempt last week.
“We remain appalled at the lack of prosecution under Title 18, Section 1507 of the United States Code,” Senate Republicans said. The law prohibits protests outside the homes of judges, witnesses, jurors, and other court officials to protect them from harassment.
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“Although judges hold public office, the principle of judicial independence means that their deliberations must be free from influence outside the courtroom,” they continued. “Most of all, this means that their deliberations should be free of harassment and intimidation, nowhere more so than in their homes where their families live.”
Senator Marco Rubio has also asked Garland to prosecute Jane’s Revenge specifically.
“Despite the damage that has already been done and while these groups have kept their promise to increase violent engagement, the DOJ has not been true to its promise to ensure the safety of the public against these violent, radical activists,” Rubio wrote. . “To date, no charges have been brought against any individual or group, despite the countless pro-life centers in America that have been bombed and vandalized in recent months.”
A pro-abortion group, Ruth Sent Us, recently posted the addresses of Supreme Court justices’ homes and a photo of the school of Kavanaugh’s daughters online. The same group also named Judge Amy Comey Barrett’s children last week in a call to protest outside her home and a local elementary school. Both have school-aged children.
House Republicans, led by Florida Representatives Scott Franklin, New York City’s Claudia Tenney, and Louisiana’s Mike Johnson, also urged Garland to investigate recent vandalism and arson attacks on pro-life organizations and churches.
“Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health advisory was leaked on May 2, 2022, U.S. Supreme Court justices and life advocates have experienced increased threats and violence,” they wrote. †[The department] has a clear duty to prosecute these recent attacks as examples of domestic terrorism, and it is the responsibility of the National Security Division to protect the United States from threats to our national security by seeking justice through the law.”
They described the attacks as acts of domestic terrorism by referring to federal law (18 U.S. Code § 2331), according to the Examiner. House Republicans also asked Garland about plans to “prevent similar attacks on other pro-life organizations from happening.”
The two letters are the latest in repeated urging Republican lawmakers to investigate and prosecute the escalating violence. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida, has also sent several letters to Garland asking how the department plans to address and prosecute pro-abortion violence.
While Garland and the Biden administration have condemned the violence, they have not condemned protests outside the judges’ homes since Politico reported on a leaked draft ruling the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade this summer.
On Monday, White House press officer Karine Jean-Pierre responded to a reporter’s question about the violence, saying, “Well, that’s something the DOJ is investigating. And they took that very seriously. We’ve seen an increase in that kind of arson and bombing and – or attempted bombing, as we’ve seen over the weekend recently,” the examiner said.
The U.S. Marshals and the Department of Justice have also increased the safety of the judges, their staff, and their families.
According to Axios, a recent Department of Homeland Security report warned that radical abortion activists could burn down or storm the Supreme Court building and kill judges and their clerks if the court overthrows Roe. The report indicates that these pro-abortion extremists also plan to attack churches and other places of worship.
LifeNews has kept up with the growing hostility and has listed about 60 incidents since the leak. Find the list here.
Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.