After the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, requested a briefing from the FBI on how it had handled violence by pro-abortion protestors.
In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Monday, Grassley—the Judiciary Committee’s ranking member—made the comments.
Grassley stated, “I write to express concern with a recent wave of violence conducted by pro-abortion extremist people and groups throughout the country. Since the draft of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which was ultimately released on June 24, 2022, that returns control of abortion to the states was leaked, these attacks have grown more frequent.
“As we previously discussed, I want to make sure that the FBI recognizes these violent attacks for what they are — instances of violent extremism tied to abortion — and is properly investigating them.
“Since the Dobbs leak and before the Court had published its final judgment, there have been at least 40 violent assaults against crisis pregnancy centers, religious institutions, and other pro-life organizations. All around the nation, this violence continues to result in injuries, property damage, and interruptions of religious activities that are protected by the constitution. After the opinion was released, it actually significantly picked up speed over the last weekend.
The laws of our country must be faithfully upheld by our law enforcement personnel, not only those that are politically expedient for the current administration. I’ll never waver in my commitment to making sure that all sides of the political spectrum are treated equally when it comes to applying the law. Extremists’ threats today are imminent, grave, and dangerous.
During the previous week, protesters opposed to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade engaged in acts of violence and destruction in certain areas, according to the Washington Examiner.