Lawmakers in Other States Look to Enshrine Abortion, LGBT Measures in State Constitutions

In the wake of the 2022 Dobbs decision that reversed Roe v. Wade, liberal groups around the country have turned their attention toward state policies.

A proposed constitutional amendment filed in Arkansas this year would have enshrined a right to abortion in the state’s constitution. Lawmakers did not pass that amendment, and it expired when legislators officially adjourned the 2023 session on May 1.

In Oregon, lawmakers are weighing the possibility of writing abortion into the constitution along with special LGTB provisions.

We expect these types of initiatives to escalate in the coming months.

Below is a news report from Oregon highlighting these pro-abortion and pro-LGBT efforts.

Madison Man Charged With Firebombing Pro-Family Organization in Wisconsin

Above: The aftermath of an arson attack at Wisconsin Family Action’s office in Madison on Mother’s Day of 2022.

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the firebombing at the office of Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life, pro-family organization headquartered in Madison.

Initial reports indicated a local anarchist group carried out the attack following the leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

On March 28, 2023, the FBI released a statement indicating an arrest had been made in the case — although the FBI failed to clearly name Wisconsin Family Action as the victim.

The FBI’s press release said,

Hridindu Sankar Roychowdhury, 29, is charged with one count of attempting to cause damage by means of fire or an explosive. . . .

on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2022, at approximately 6:06 a.m., law enforcement responded to an active fire at an office building located in Madison, Wisconsin. Once inside the building, police observed a mason jar under a broken window; the jar was broken, and the lid and screw top were burned black. The police also saw a purple disposable lighter near the mason jar. On the opposite wall from the window, the police saw another mason jar with the lid on and a blue cloth tucked into the top; the cloth was singed. The jar was about half full of a clear fluid that smelled like an accelerant. Outside of the building, someone spray painted on one wall, “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either” and, on another wall, a large “A” with a circle around it and the number “1312.” During the investigation, law enforcement collected DNA from the scene of the attack.

In March 2023, law enforcement identified Roychowdhury as a possible suspect.

The FBI notes an indictment is purely an allegation, and Roychowdhury is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

In a statement last week, Wisconsin Family Council wrote,

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the firebombing of the Madison offices of Wisconsin Family Council and Wisconsin Family Action. 2 Molotov cocktails were thrown, and then because the explosives didn’t do as much damage as desired, the perpetrators started a fire in the office of Julaine Appling, president of the organizations. In addition to the attack, the leftist-anarchists left a threatening message: “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.”

It’s been quite a year. We were the first to be attacked after a leaked draft surfaced of the US Supreme Court’s opinion in the case that eventually overturned Roe v. Wade. Since then, hundreds of pro-life organizations have been attacked. It took ten months but finally there has been an arrest in our case; we pray justice will happen for all pro-life organizations that have been vandalized.

Above: Graffiti left on the side of Wisconsin Family Action’s office building in the 2022 attack.