Wisconsin House Democrats slow to condemn apparent arson attack on pro-life group


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Several House Democrats in Wisconsin were slow to condemn the alleged arson of a anti-abortion group building in the Cheese State.

On Sunday, flames erupted from the office of Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life nonprofit, after a Molotov cocktail was allegedly thrown through the window.

Graffiti in cursive also marked the side of the building, reading “if abortions aren’t safe, then neither are you.”


Representative Ron Kind
(Getty Pictures)

Fox News Digital contacted the offices of several Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers — Reps. Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan — asking if they had any thoughts on the attack and if they thought the alleged arson was a acceptable form of protest against a probable court decision.

None of the bureaus responded to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment, and none of the three representatives had released a statement condemning the apparent arson by press time.

The office of Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, pointed Fox News Digital to a tweet from the senator condemning the attack.

Senator Tammy Baldwin speaks during the virtual Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Aug. 20, 2020. (Tannen Maury/Pool via Reuters)

Senator Tammy Baldwin speaks during the virtual Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Aug. 20, 2020. (Tannen Maury/Pool via Reuters)

“I totally reject this act of violence and vandalism, and I support the investigation by law enforcement to hold those responsible for these crimes to account,” the senator wrote.

The silence of House Democrats coincides with progressive groups protesting against churches in response to leaked opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Progressive protesters have also become more emboldened in recent years, targeting the homes of officials, including Supreme Court justices, for protests.

The alleged arson attack on the pro-life organization came over the weekend after the Supreme Court’s unprecedented leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft abortion opinion.

(Protests at the Supreme Court. (AP))

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine K. Appling told News 3 Now that someone threw a Molotov cocktail in her office around 6 a.m. and she didn’t know who was behind the attack.

Flames were seen coming from the facility shortly after 6 a.m., and the blaze was quickly extinguished by Madison firefighters, according to a police incident report. A Molotov cocktail, which did not ignite, was thrown inside the building and another fire was started in response, police spokeswoman Stephanie Fryer said, acknowledging graffiti also had were found at the scene. No injuries were reported.


In recent days, Wisconsin Family Action condemned the leak of a proposed Supreme Court opinion that, if released, would overturn Roe v. Wade.

The Madison Police Department has confirmed it is investigating Sunday morning’s fire at an office building in the 2800 block of International Lane as arson.

Fox News Digital’s Danielle Wallace contributed reporting.

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