Pro-choice activists gathered outside of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home to complain that the Democratic leader has done nothing to stop the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Half a dozen pro-choice protestors stood outside Pelosi’s San Francisco home on Tuesday carrying signs of drawings of conservative Supreme Court Justices labeled as ‘liars’ and a banner that read: ‘Abortion on demand and without apology.’
The protest comes a week after a leaked draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito suggested a majority of conservatives on the court are prepared to end the constitutional right to an abortion.
Multiple protests took place outside the homes of multiple Republican Supreme Court justices last week, with activists demanding they vote to keep the right to abortion.
But now it appears pro-choice demonstrators have turned on Democrats, the pro-choice party, claiming their inaction has allowed Republicans to push through forced abortion laws and could lead to the repeal of Roe v Wade.
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Taking turns on a bullhorn the protestors took shots at Democrats, blaming them for the potential reversal of the landmark abortion law
Pro-choice protestors stood outside Pelosi’s San Francisco home on Tuesday carrying signs of conservative Supreme Court Justices labeled as ‘liars’
Despite Democrats being the pro-choice party, the protestors claimed they were just as liable as conservatives for the overturning of Roe
‘We are here because the Democratic Party and the Democrats as a whole have been complicit in this whole thing,’ a female protester said.
They then targeted Speaker Pelosi personally, specifically for her perceived inaction on the issue and for previously saying ‘that the Democratic Party was focusing too much on the abortion issue.’
‘Speaker Pelosi, this will be your legacy, 35 years of your reign of terror,’ a protestor said. ‘You had a supermajority under Obama under which this should have been your top priority. Why did you keep this on the table? Because this is your most effective fundraising tool. That’s why.’
The protestors even blamed Hillary Clinton for her messaging around abortion during her time as first lady.
‘Hillary Clinton, who started the whole thing like abortion should be legal, but rare, as if abortion is a tragedy,’ a protestor said. ‘We are here to say abortion is a basic right, a basic human right, and without this right, women are basically enslaved. And we will not stand for it.’
Protestors targeted Speaker Pelosi personally for previously saying ‘that the Democratic Party was focusing too much on the abortion issue’
The protest come just days after Pelosi praised people marching over the leaked draft.
‘While we have seen and heard extraordinary anguish in our communities, we have been moved by how so many have channeled their righteous anger into meaningful action: planning to march and mobilize to make their voices heard,’ Pelosi wrote in a letter she shared on her website.
Justice Alito’s draft opinion written in February and published by Politico last week reveals that the court has voted to strike down the landmark 1973 ruling which legalized abortion in the United States.
The official opinion won’t be released until near the end of the court’s term – in late June or early July – and could be changed until then.
Five of the six conservative justices are said to support the opinion with only Chief Justice John Roberts dissenting with the three liberals on the bench. Roberts does, however, support a ban on abortion at the 15-week point of a pregnancy.
President Joe Biden, in a statement issued hours after the leak, said women have a ‘fundamental’ right to an abortion and called on American voters to ‘elect pro-choice officials this November.’
He also pledged the White House would be ‘ready when any ruling is issued.’
Meanwhile, abortion right protests have sprung up around the country.
Demonstrators arrived outside the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and fellow conservative Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday – just days after a massive, un-scalable fence was erected around the Supreme Court Building for the safety of staff.
Pro-abortion rights advocates stage a protest outside the house of Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito in the Fort Hunt neighborhood, in Alexandria, Virginia
Protesters carrying a ‘Repro Freedom For All!’ sign were seen demonstrating outside Justice Samuel Alito’s home
Law enforcement officers stand between abortion-rights advocates and the home Justice Alito
Candles are left on the street during a pro-abortion rights protest outside Justice Alito’s house
Protesters also appeared outside churches over the weekend and violence ensued at the office of pro-life groups.
Antifa vandals hurled at least one Molotov cocktail into offices of Wisconsin Family Action in Madison, an anti-abortion group in the state. The group also scrawled a chilling message on the wall that read, ‘If abortions aren’t safe you aren’t either,’ as well as the Antifa Symbol – a capital ‘A’ inside a circle – and the number 1312, which is a code that stands for ACAB, meaning ‘All Cops are Bastards.’
The White House finally condemned the protests on Monday after coming under fire from Republicans for remaining silent on the issue.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that President Biden condemned the protests.
‘[President Joe Biden] strongly believes in the Constitutional right to protest,’ she tweeted.
‘But that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism,’ Psaki continued in her tweet. ‘Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.’