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Psaki DEFENDS activists considering protesting outside Supreme Court justices’ homes


Psaki DEFENDS activists threatening to protest outside Supreme Court justices’ homes and slams Republicans for ‘focusing on leak’ of draft opinion and not ‘women’s fundamental rights’

  • Press secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn on Thursday plans for protests to take place outside of conservative Supreme Court justices’ homes 
  • Psaki said there was a lot of ‘passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness from many, many people across this country about what they saw in that leaked document’
  • She added to the query, asked by Fox News Channel’s Peter Doocy, ‘I don’t have an official U.S. Government position on where people protest’  
  • Doocy was citing a Fox News report that said pro-choice activists published what are likely the home addresses the six GOP-appointed justices
  • ‘Is that the kind of thing this president wants to help your side make their point?’ Doocy asked
  • Psaki also told reporters that the leak and the content of the draft are ‘not at the same level’ 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn on Thursday plans for protests to take place outside of conservative Supreme Court justices’ homes over the leaked draft opinion that suggests they plan to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

‘Look, I think the president’s view is that there’s a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness from many, many people across this country about what they saw in that leaked document,’ Psaki said. ‘We obviously want people’s privacy to be respected.’

She added to the query, asked by Fox News Channel’s Peter Doocy, ‘I don’t have an official U.S. Government position on where people protest.’

White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn on Thursday plans for protests to take place outside of conservative Supreme Court justices’ homes over the leaked draft opinion that suggests they plan to overturn Roe v. Wade

Pro-choice activists gathered outside the Supreme Court on Thursday. Some activists have suggested protesting outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices in an attempt to dissuade them from overturning Roe v. Wade

Pro-choice activists gathered outside the Supreme Court on Thursday. Some activists have suggested protesting outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices in an attempt to dissuade them from overturning Roe v. Wade 

Doocy was citing a Fox News report that said pro-choice activists – under the moniker ‘Ruth Sent Us,’ after the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a proponent of Roe – published what are likely the home addresses of Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Chief Justice John Roberts. 

Reporting surrounding the leak of the draft opinion by Alito – which overturns the landmark 1973 abortion case that nationally legalized the termination of pregnancies – suggests he would be joined by Barrett, Kavanaugh, Thomas and Gorsuch. 

Roberts, who has voted with liberals on some key issues like Obamacare, reportedly wouldn’t completely overturn the ruling.  

‘Is that the kind of thing this president wants to help your side make their point?’ Doocy asked at Thursday’s press briefing. 

‘We want people to protest peacefully if they want to protest. That is certainly what the president’s view would be,’ Psaki said. 

She went on, ‘ I think we shouldn’t lose the point here.’

‘The reason people are protesting is because women across the country are worried about their fundamental rights – that had been law for 50 years – their rights to make choices about their own bodies and their own healthcare are at risk,’ the press secretary said. ‘That’s why people are protesting. They’re unhappy. They’re scared.’

During the briefing, she also suggested conservatives were making too big of a fuss about the leak.

‘I think what is happening here and what we think is happening here is there is an effort to distract from what the actual issue here, which is the fundamental rights,’ she told reporters. 

‘I don’t think they’re at the same level. We don’t think they’re at the same level,’ she added. 

She pointed out that there was already a call for an investigation from the leadership of the Supreme Court and decisions about a probe would be made by the Department of Justice. 

‘That’s how government is set up,’ she noted. 

She then reiterated her point that the leak and the content of the draft should not be equated in terms of seriousness. 

‘But at the same time, what we’ve also seen … is many Republicans, who are trying ot overturn a woman’s fundamentals rights, try to make this about the leak. This is not about the leak,’ she argued. ‘This is about women’s healthcare, and women having access to healthcare and making choies with their doctors.’ 

‘And we are working to not allow that to be the distraction,’ Psaki said.  

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