Pro-life centers target 70% of abortion-related violent threats since Dobbs decision: FBI
About 70 percent of abortion-related threats of violence in the United States since the Dobbs decision have been against pro-life groups, according to the FBI chief.
FBI Director Christopher Wray gave the statistic while speaking at a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
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Sen. Rick Scott of Florida questioned Wray during the hearing about recurring allegations that the FBI is not committing resources to combat escalating crimes against pregnancy centers, churches and other pro-life institutions.
“My view, expressed clearly to all of our people, including in the context of abortion-related violence, is that I don’t care what side of the issue you are on, you cannot participate in the violence and we have the same opportunity when it comes down to it,” Wray replied to Scott.
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The FBI director addressed the rising rate of violent threats and attacks against pro-life groups, the most explicit confirmation of the FBI leadership’s trend yet.
“Now, we have a large number of investigations, as we speak, of attacks or threats against pregnancy resource centers, faith-based organizations and other pro-life organizations,” Wray continued. “And you might be interested to know that since the Dobbs Act decision, probably about 70% of our cases of violence or threats related to abortion are cases of violence or threats against […] pro-life organizations. And we go after that through our joint terrorism task forces, through our criminal authorities, the FACE Act and things like that.”
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“We have about 20 field offices involved in this. And so we take it very seriously. And again, I don’t care if you’re motivated by pro-life views or pro-choice views. You can’t use violence. to express it,” he added.
Scott, saying he supported Wray’s strong tone in explaining the situation, expressed confusion about why the FBI has not been more vocal in its pursuit of those who threaten or attack pro-life organizations.
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The senator stated that after the press and outside reports, the public would be forgiven for thinking that the FBI was more concerned with prosecuting pro-lifers than those who threaten them.
“We don’t have time to tell you how frustrated I am at times with some of the news reporting about our work and the misreporting of our work,” Wray responded. “The circumspection we show about discussing our research is based on rules and practices that are important for people to have confidence in the integrity of our work and go back decades, across multiple administrations.”