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Jane’s Revenge

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Pro-abortion extremist group

Jane’s Revenge is a far-left extremist group which claimed responsibility for an attack against an anti-abortion group’s office in Madison, Wisconsin, in May 2022 after leaks revealed that the U.S. Supreme Court was considering overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that found a constitutional right to abortion. The group’s name is a reference to the “Jane Collective,” an underground organization in Chicago that helped women obtain abortions prior to the decision. [1]

Jane’s Revenge claims membership throughout the United States and a willingness to commit future attacks, though neither the organization’s size nor existence has been independently verified. [2]

Madison Attack

At 6 a.m. on May 8, 2022, the headquarters of Wisconsin Family Action, an anti-abortion group based in Madison, was hit with an arson and vandalism attack. Police reported that the office was first hit with a Molotov cocktail that didn’t ignite, and then a fire was started that burned a wall. Two windows were also smashed, and further damage was done during the fire department’s efforts to put out the fire. No one was hurt. [3]

The outside of the building was graffitied with the anarchist insignia, the numbers “1312” (meaning “all cops are bastards”), and “if abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.” [4]

Claim of Responsibility

On May 10, Robert Evans, a journalist who has written for the Dutch media outlet Bellingcat, reported on Twitter that he had received a statement through “an anonymous intermediary I trust” from Jane’s Revenge which claimed responsibility for the Madison attack. [5] [6] The statement read: [7]

This is not a declaration of war. War has been upon us for decades. A war which we did not want, and did not provoke. Too long have we been attacked for asking for basic medical care. Too long have we been shot, bombed, and forced into childbirth without consent. [8]

The statement also demanded “the disbanding of all anti-choice establishments” within 30 days, and states that its first attack was “only a warning,” but there will be future attacks until “the inalienable right to manage our own health is returned to us.” The group claims to have a presence across the United States that could launch further attacks. [9]

References

  1. Chasmar, Jessica. “Wisconsin Police Investigating after Group Takes Credit for Molotov Cocktail Attack, Warns of More Violence.” Fox News. FOX News Network, May 10, 2022. https://www.foxnews.com/us/madison-police-probing-janes-revenge-claim-credit-arson-wisconsin-family-action-office. ^
  2. Rickert, Chris. “Group claims responsibility for attack on anti-abortion organization in Madison, warns of more violence.” Madison.com. May 12, 2022. Accessed May 21, 2022. https://madison.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/group-claims-responsibility-for-attack-on-anti-abortion-organization-in-madison-warns-of-more-violence/article_c56741e2-05fe-551f-ada9-078bf58db076.html. ^
  3. Ploeg, Luke Vander; Lathers, Addison. “Anti-Abortion Group in Wisconsin Is Hit by Arson, Authorities Say.” New York Times. May 8, 2022. Accessed May 19, 2022. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/08/us/madison-anti-abortion-center-vandalized.html. ^
  4. Shur, Alexander. “Watch now: Madison anti-abortion headquarters hit by apparent Molotov cocktail, vandalism, graffiti.” Madison.com. May 9, 2022. Accessed May 19, 2022. https://madison.com/news/local/madison-anti-abortion-headquarters-hit-by-molotov-cocktail-vandalism-graffiti/article_526660ea-776d-50ca-9baa-4b4a9337dca7.html. ^
  5. Evers, Robert. Twitter Post. May 10, 2022, 3:24 AM. Accessed June 2, 2022. https://twitter.com/IwriteOK/status/1523926913806336000 ^
  6. Evers, Robert. Twitter Post. May 10, 2022, 3:24 AM. Accessed June 2, 2022. https://twitter.com/IwriteOK/status/1523926941572550656 ^
  7. Rickert, Chris. “Group claims responsibility for attack on anti-abortion organization in Madison, warns of more violence.” Madison.com. May 12, 2022. Accessed May 21, 2022. https://madison.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/group-claims-responsibility-for-attack-on-anti-abortion-organization-in-madison-warns-of-more-violence/article_c56741e2-05fe-551f-ada9-078bf58db076.html. ^
  8. Rickert, Chris. “Group claims responsibility for attack on anti-abortion organization in Madison, warns of more violence.” Madison.com. May 12, 2022. Accessed May 21, 2022. https://madison.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/group-claims-responsibility-for-attack-on-anti-abortion-organization-in-madison-warns-of-more-violence/article_c56741e2-05fe-551f-ada9-078bf58db076.html ^
  9. Rickert, Chris. “Group claims responsibility for attack on anti-abortion organization in Madison, warns of more violence.” Madison.com. May 12, 2022. Accessed May 21, 2022. https://madison.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/group-claims-responsibility-for-attack-on-anti-abortion-organization-in-madison-warns-of-more-violence/article_c56741e2-05fe-551f-ada9-078bf58db076.html. ^
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