FBI Director Christopher Wray’s declaration before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the bureau had broadened its definition of domestic terrorism to include “people on either side” of the abortion issue had liberals in virtual meltdown on Twitter.
The left-leaning Daily Beast called the revelation “bizarre” while liberals on social media complained that there was “no ‘pro-choice violence’ to investigate” and that “pro-choice terrorism is not a thing.”
Pro-choice terrorism is not a thing. The FBI is investigating it, anyway. NEW from @attackerman & @eshugerman: https://t.co/M53zPV6nmD
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) February 11, 2020
In his testimony, Wray said the bureau had “changed our terminology as part of a broader reorganization of the way in which we categorize our domestic terrorism efforts.”
He added that the FBI’s definition now includes “people on either side of that issue who commit violence on behalf of different views on that topic.”
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But abortion extremism doesn’t have an “either side,” according to Daily Beast writer Spencer Ackerman.
The push back from pro-choice advocates comes despite Created Equal, an anti-abortion group, releasing an eight-minute video in July depicting several assaults, vandalism and property destruction by pro-choice activists against anti-abortion protesters.
In June, a pro-choice advocate was sentenced to prison for roundhouse-kicking a pro-life activist, in an incident that was captured on video.
Additionally, outside the United States, a group of radical feminists set fire to a Catholic cathedral in Mexico City in September and the car of a Protestant pro-life journalist Gunnar Schupelius was set ablaze in Berlin by far-left extremists in January.
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(Pluralist contributed to this report.)