The House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning attacks on pregnancy centers and pro-life groups following the Supreme Court’s overruling of Roe v. Wade.
Lawmakers also called on the Biden administration to “use all appropriate law enforcement authorities to uphold public safety and to protect the rights of pro-life facilities, groups, and churches.” The resolution was passed 222-209.
Three Democratic members of Congress — Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, and Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez of Washington — voted for the measure, joining Republicans.
Republican Representative Mike Johnson of Louisiana, introduced the resolution after 35 attacks that occurred in the wake of last spring’s leak of the impending Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson decision.
Catholic Vote, keeps and ongoing tally and puts the number of attacks even higher — estimating that 78 pro-choice vigilante attacks against “pregnancy resource centers and offices of pro-life groups” after Politico released a report on the draft of the decision in May.
“The Supreme Court opinion reestablishing the authority of individual states to prohibit the killing of unborn children sent the Democrat Party and other radical pro-abortion activists off the deep end in 2022,” said Johnson.
During a speech on the floor of the house in support of the resolution, Representative Ann Wagner, Republican from Missouri, mentioned several episodes that involved Molotov cocktail attacks, vandalism and arson against pro-life nonprofit organizations.
“There have been now nearly 100 recorded acts of violence and intimidation against pro-life individuals and organizations by radical, pro-abortion activists since the initial leak of the draft Supreme Court Dobbs opinion,” said Wagner.
“Following the leak and issuance of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, anti-life fanatics have targeted, destroyed, or vandalized, as I said, over 100 pro-life facilities, groups, and churches to further their radical cause,” added Wagner.
In June, before the SCOTUS issued its highly anticipated abortion decision, the Department of Homeland Security warned that people on both sides of the issue have “encouraged violence” against religious and reproductive health care personnel and facilities and the government.
House Republicans have support of national pro-life groups
House GOP members have the support of national pro-life groups, including Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America as they push to advance pro-life legislation.
“The new GOP House majority is kicking off the Congress with bills to rein in the radical abortion lobby,” said President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “We look forward to working with Representative Scalise, GOP leadership, and all our pro-life House allies throughout the Congress to advance an ambitious, life-saving agenda.”
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America joined numerous other pro-life organizations in signing a letter to the GOP members of Congress at the beginning of January.
“Members cannot squander the opportunity to advance policies that protect innocent life in the first Congress to convene in post-Roe America,” they wrote.