The FBI has opened several domestic terror investigations into attacks on churches and pro-life centers because the leak of a Supreme Court abortion opinion that ultimately overturned Roe v. Wade, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said Thursday.
In testimony prior to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Wray said the bureau has begun domestic violent extremist investigations using many of its joint task forces with local police. He said the probes are also centered on attacks or threats against pregnancy resource centers.
Mr. Wray didn’t say just how many investigations have already been opened by the FBI but said probes were active in Iowa, NEW YORK and Tennessee.
He said the FBI has seen a notable uptick in violence this season from both sides of the abortion debate, adding that the bureau had nothing you’ve seen prior seen a rise such as this.
That is part of a more substantial phenomenon that people are experiencing in this country. I am aware that passions run high, especially on a concern like abortion, but you can find so many people who believe that justifies violence and destruction of property, Mr. Wray said. Personally i think like each day Im getting briefed about someone throwing a Molotov cocktail against another person. Its crazy.
Since a draft opinion of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked in-may, there were at the very least 66 attacks on Catholic churches and 62 attacks on pregnancy resource centers, in accordance with data from CatholicVote. A lot of those attacks included graffiti with pro-abortion messages.
From our perspective, I dont care what side of the problem you’re on. I dont care who you’re upset with or everything you are upset about abortion or other things you dont reach use violence or the threats of violence to do something on, and we are likely to follow that conduct aggressively, and Personally i think strongly about this, Mr. Wray told lawmakers.