Anti-abortion terrorist group or terrorist hoax?

Are we heading towards “a night of rage” over abortion? An anonymous collective called Jane’s Revenge threatens to wreak havoc when the United States Supreme Court rules in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The decision should come today, Thursday or next week.

A draft decision, leaked in May, suggests the court will strike down Roe vs. Wade and Family planning c. Casey, the main precedents on which the current system of the right to abortion is based. If that happens, there will definitely be protests outside the Supreme Court and across the country.

But will the protests remain peaceful? The the wall street journal suggests that they won’tnoting that flyers “appearing around Washington” issue a “DC CALL TO ACTION NIGHT OF RAGE”.

“SCOTUS NIGHT OVERTHROWS ROE V. WADE HIT THE STREETS YOU SAID YOU’RE RIOTING,” the fliers state. “TO OUR OPPRESSORS: IF ABORTIONS ARE NOT SAFE, EITHER ARE YOU.” They are signed “JANE’S REVENGE”.

The Log suggests that Jane’s Revenge will “commit what looks like what Democrats would call an insurrection if it were aimed at any other part of government”.

But we have no idea if the flyers are even real (as opposed to being put out by a group trying to make pro-choice activists look bad, or just to sow chaos and fear). And even if they are, it doesn’t follow that people will actually take the call.

Jane’s Revenge press releases were posted on a website launched in May. They say “we are not one group but many” and speak of having “different cells” which have “proliferated messages”.

There is something suspicious about the group’s statements, which rely on exaggerated mean language, such as:

We’ve demonstrated over the past month how easy and fun it is to attack. We are versatile, we are mercurial and we answer only to ourselves. …

From now on, any anti-choice group that closes its doors and ceases to function will no longer be a target. But until you do, it’s open season, and we know where your operations are. The slavers’ infrastructure will not survive. We will never stop, back down, slow down or back down. We didn’t want that; but it’s on us, and so we have to deal with it proportionately.

Sounds like what someone would write if they were trying to freak people out about violent pro-choice activists.

But whether legitimate or not, the actions taken in the name of Jane’s Revenge are real. This includes the burning down of an emergency pregnancy center (which urges pregnant women not to have abortions) in Madison, Wisconsin. This building was also painted with an anarchist symbol and the phrase “if abortions aren’t safe, then neither are you.”

The group also took credit for vandalism and sometimes worse, including arson, broken glassand incendiary bombs— in at least 14 other locations. In Amherst, New York, he painted “Jane Was Here” on the wall of a pro-life organization. Other locations were vandalized with the same message seen in Madison. So far, fortunately, no one has been injured.

The interception take a closer look at the groupnoting that “among abortion rights advocates, Jane’s Revenge – whoever they are – received predictably mixed reviews.”

If the group is “a false flag,” it seems “the perfect tactic: A campaign of violence by pro-choice forces would reinforce the image of abortion advocates as barbarians and warrant draconian punishment of those who practice, facilitate or perform abortions,” writes Judith Levine at The interception. But it’s also possible that Jane’s Revenge was “a first,” a sort of “anarcho-feminist descendant of the Weather Underground, the outburst of Students for a Democratic Society that bombed university and government buildings, banks, and other collaborators in the American aggression against Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s.”

“The Weather Underground is committed to harming only property, not people,” notes Levine. “But inevitably lives were lost because of his botched heroic deeds.”


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