By Carol Tannenhauser
A militant pro-choice group called “Jane’s Revenge” claimed responsibility for spray painting in black the words, “If abortion isn’t safe, neither are you,” on the outer doors of the Ascension Roman Catholic Church, on West 107th Street near Amsterdam Avenue, an NYPD spokesperson told WSR.
The graffiti was “signed” by Jane’s Revenge and accompanied by an anarchy sign, which is an A enclosed in a circle.
“Jane’s Revenge was formed after a draft opinion from the court saying that it would vote to overturn Roe [v. Wade] was leaked to Politico and published on May 2,” Newsweek reported. “The group has threatened to target any anti-abortion group that is still operational, promising to ‘never stop, back down, slow down, or retreat.'”
Since the draft was leaked, Jane’s Revenge has carried out attacks in Hollywood, Florida; Des Moines, Iowa and Madison, Wisconsin; as well as other locations in states including Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
The Upper West Side incident was reported at 5:30AM, Monday morning, the NYPD told the Rag. “The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating,” according to the New York Post.
On its website, the Ascension Roman Catholic Church describes its mission as follows:
Our Parish has been serving the Upper West Side, Manhattan Valley and Morningside Heights communities since 1895. No matter your age, your race, your gender, or your sexual orientation, there is a place for you at Ascension Church. You’ll meet wonderful people, hear the proclamation of the word of God, be nourished by the Eucharist, enjoy good programs, be challenged to live the Gospel, and so much more. Come as you are – and be who you are – your presence will enrich us.