An attempted arson and vandalism reported at a pro-life politician’s office early Monday in Washington state adds to growing concerns about violence targeting people who work to protect unborn babies from abortion.
The incident is the fifth arson or attempted arson against pro-life advocates since news broke in May about a leaked draft ruling showing the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade . Dozens of churches and pro-life organizations also have been targets of vandalism, threats and harassment, and pro-abortion radicals are threatening more violence if the court does overturn Roe this summer.
My Northwest reports pro-life Republican state Rep. Andrew Barkis’s office building was vandalized just after 4 a.m. Monday in Olympia when two masked individuals broke a window with a hammer and threw a lit flare into the building.
“Fortunately the flare landed on a masonry floor and the building survived,” House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox wrote on Twitter , posting a security video of the crime. “I think that this is clearly targeted, I don’t think it would be easy to make a case that this was a random event.” /wp-content/uploads/2022/06/washingtonarsonattempt.mp4 The building houses Barkis’s business and the House Republican campaign offices.
The Olympia Police Department and Washington State Patrol both are investigating, according to the McClatchy News Service .
Barkis, R-Lacey, has sponsored several pro-life bills in the state legislature, including one this year to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discriminatory abortions . However, it failed to pass the Democrat-controlled legislature.
Though it is not clear if his office was targeted because of his pro-life record, it is suspicious given the spate of arsons, vandalisms, threats and harassment targeting pro-lifers in recent weeks.
Here’s more from the report: Wilcox told McClatchy Monday that neither he nor Barkis believe it was random vandalism because he thinks a hammer and […]
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