NC’s congressional Republicans call on Fed to investigate pro-life center attacks

NC’s congressional Republicans call on Fed to investigate pro-life center attacks

After a string of attacks on pro-life pregnancy-support centers across the country, seven Republican members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the attacks as domestic terrorism. U.S. Reps. Ted Budd, Patrick McHenry, Greg Murphy, Madison Cawthorn, Richard Hudson, Virginia Foxx, and David Rouzer all signed the letter.

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-NC8, posted a message on Twitter drawing attention to the letter and saying “This violence must end.”

“We write to express serious concerns over recent attacks targeting religious organizations and
crisis pregnancy centers and request the Department of Justice respond with how its National
Security Division plans to investigate these acts of domestic terrorism,” the letter starts.

The letter goes on to cite the leak of the draft decision in the Dobbs case before the U.S. Supreme Court and the numerous attacks on pro-life organizations in the days since. They then note that under U.S. Code § 2331, domestic terrorism is defined as activities that:

‘(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United
States or of any State;
(B) appear to be intended—
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or
kidnapping; and
(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.’”

The lawmakers state that the attacks on pro-life organizations and churches would qualify as domestic terrorism under these conditions. The letter concludes by giving Garland 30 days to answer two questions:

“1. Is the Department currently investigating the attacks against the aforementioned groups
as instances of domestic terrorism? If not, please provide the rationale behind this

2. What is the Department’s plan to prevent similar attacks from occurring against other
pro-life organizations and is the Department currently collaborating with state and local
law enforcement to ensure further incidents do not occur?”

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