The View co-host Joy Behar cheered on the protestors who rallied outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s home.
On Monday night more than 100 people gathered outside Justice Samuel Alito’s home in Virginia after a leaked draft opinion written by the Justice suggested a majority of conservatives on the court are prepared to end the constitutional right to an abortion.
Demonstrators marched up and down his street in Alexandria, lit candles and shouted slogans like ‘Alito is a coward’, and ‘our bodies, our choice’.
During a segment on The View on Tuesday the panel of hosts discussed the implications of the protests, with Behar firmly backing the protestors.
‘But it also shows Alito what it feels like to lose your freedom of choice,’ Behar said. ‘He cannot leave the house easily, so maybe that’s a good lesson for them’
During a segment on The View on Tuesday the panel of hosts discussed the implications of the protests
Former Trump White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah Griffin said that while the first amendment gives Americans the right to peacefully assemble, taking protests to the lawns of Justices might be crossing the line.
‘I will say this, I think the more appropriate have been you is the steps of the Supreme Court. I worry it could begin to look like intimidation at someone’s doorsteps,’ Griffin said.
But co-host Whoopi Goldberg was not impressed and said what Griffin said was ‘so funny’ and added she believes the protests were okay because conservative Justice’s were intimidating women by trying to overturn Roe v. Wade.
‘So does what Alito wrote. Looks the same way to me,’ she said. ‘It looks like intimidation. And yeah, it’s kind of the same thing.’
Co-host Joy Behar chimed in saying Alito is getting a taste of his own medicine.
‘But it also shows Alito what it feels like to lose your freedom of choice,’ Behar said. ‘He cannot leave the house easily, so maybe that’s a good lesson for them.’
Many of those gathered held candles and also signs with pointed questions in order to make themselves heard
Demonstrators marched up and down his street, lit candles and shouted slogans like ‘Alito is a coward’, and ‘our bodies, our choice’
A police officer stands outside the home of Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito as pro-abortion protesters gather in Alexandria
The protests outside Alito’s home on Monday took place days after dozens of people gathered over the weekend outside the homes of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts in the Washington and Maryland suburbs.
On Saturday protestors carrying signs that read ‘An abortion saved my family’ and ‘Abortion is Healthcare, Healthcare is a right’ first arrived at Justice Roberts’ home where protestors drew multiple chalk outlines coat hangers, a famous symbol of illegal abortions.
Protestors chanted ‘Keep abortion safe and legal!’ and ‘Pro-life is a lie! You don’t care if people die!’
Then as the sun went down the pro-choice advocates lit candles and marched to Justice Kavanaugh’s home where they packed the streets slowing down traffic and were captured shouting multiple chants angrily.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn protests outside of conservative Supreme Court justices’ homes.
‘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.’
A woman holds a pro-abortion sign while posing for a photo next to a chalked coat hanger
Protesters gathered outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s house, screaming: ‘We will not go back!’
Protestors across the nation started assembling just hours after the opinion was leaked. Pro-choice rallies, spearheaded by organizations like Planned Parenthood, are slated to continue the upcoming week and weekend.
In Alito’s leaked document, conservative Justice Alito wrote that Roe v Wade – the 1973 Supreme Court ruling which found that excessive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional – was ‘egregiously wrong from the start’ and ‘must be overruled’.
Alito, who was nominated to the court in 2006 by George W Bush, argues that Roe’s ‘reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. Far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.’
But there were few signs that the new ruling will do anything to heal those divisions, with protesters gathering outside the court in Washington DC last night.
If the ruling is overturned by the conservative-dominated court – with Republicans having a 6 – 3 majority – it would give individual states the power to decide on whether to ban abortion. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research group, has said that 26 states are ‘certain or likely’ to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Abortion rights have been under threat in recent months as Republican-led states move to tighten rules – with some seeking to ban all abortions after six weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant.
These include Arizona, where the Republican Governor in March signed a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy; and Idaho where the governor signed a six-week abortion ban that allows family members of the fetus to sue providers who perform abortions past that point, similar to a Texas law enacted last year.
As it stands in the US, abortion can take place until about 24 weeks into pregnancy – but the exact period varies between states. For example, Texas bans abortion after about six weeks but Florida has a 15-week abortion ban.