Wisconsin anti-abortion office fire investigated for arson | USA News®

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Arson investigators were investigating a fire Sunday inside the headquarters of anti-abortion group Wisconsin Family Action, where someone had spray-painted a message on the outside of the building.

Madison police spokeswoman Stephanie Fryer told the Wisconsin State Journal that the fire reported shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday in Madison was suspicious in nature. No one was injured and authorities were still working to determine the extent of the damage caused by the fire.

It was not immediately clear who had vandalized the building, but the message “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you” was spray-painted on the building.

Lobby group chairwoman Julaine Appling said she saw the fire as a ‘direct threat to us’ given that it happened just days after a draft notice was leaked from the United States Supreme Court suggesting that the court may soon overturn the Roe v The Wade decision which legalized abortion in this country. She said people could have been hurt if they had worked in the office at the time.

“It’s the local manifestation of pro-abortion anger and lack of tolerance towards those of us who are pro-life,” Appling said.

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Wisconsin politicians, including Democratic Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, were quick to criticize the vandalism on Sunday.

“This attack is heinous and should be condemned by all,” Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson said.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tom Nelson also denounced the vandalism.

“I am committed to protecting women’s rights – but we have to do it the right way,” Nelson said. “Violence and destruction are not the answer. I’m glad no one was hurt. »

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