Both White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer brushed off concerns of protesters making their way to the homes of Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade in a leaked draft opinion.
‘I know that there’s an outrage right now, I guess, about protests that have been peaceful to date — and we certainly continue to encourage that — outside of judge’s homes,’ the press secretary said.
‘No one should resort to violence, of course, your threats or intimidation, nor vandalism,’ Psaki added.
‘What’s also important to note here is what I would call the hypocrisy of the silence on the other side, when there have been intimidation, protests, outside of the homes of school board members, the Michigan Secretary of State, there have been countless women who have dealt with and navigated through threats made as they’re seeking reproductive reproductive health care, which by the way, has been legal for 50 years and there has been no outcry about that.
‘There has been outcry about about protests that have been peaceful outside of judges homes, which again, you know, have been peaceful.’
A reporter reminded the press secretary that the protests were in response to a pending court case, and thus could run up against federal law.
‘I know that there’s an outrage right now, I guess, about protests that have been peaceful to date — and we certainly continue to encourage that — outside of judge’s homes,’ the press secretary said
Under a federal law, 18 U.S.C. 1507, any individual who ‘pickets or parades’ with the ‘intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer’ near a U.S. court or ‘near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer’ will be fined or ‘imprisoned not more than one year, or both.’
‘This is a pending court case though, thats where the federal law comes into place- this is a pending court case,’ the reporter said.
‘I think that intimidation and protests and intimidation outside the homes of school board members, the Michigan secretary of state, intimidation and threats against people seeking legal reproductive healthcare and against our Capitol and democracy also warrant some outrage and we haven’t really seen that,’ Psaki shot back.
On Monday, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, called the police after protesters left a chalk message on the sidewalk outside her home.
‘Susie, please, Mainers want WHPA —–> vote yes, clean up your mess,’ the message read, according to a Bangor police report.
On Monday, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, called the police after protesters left a chalk message on the sidewalk outside her home. ‘Susie, please, Mainers want WHPA —–> vote yes, clean up your mess,’ the message read, according to a Bangor police report
WHPA refers to the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill the Senate will vote on on Wednesday that would codify abortion rights, but Collins has said goes too far.
Schumer was asked in his own daily briefing if he was ‘comfortable’ with protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.
‘If protests are peaceful. yes. My house, there’s protests three to four times a week outside my house,’ the Democratic leader said.
But pro-abortion activists aren’t just coming for conservative Supreme Court justices anymore; on Tuesday evening, the pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us and other groups are leading demonstrators to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Pacific Heights mansion to protest the California Democrat’s ‘careless and cowardly’ leadership against Republicans’ ‘scorched-earth strategy.’
The activists will demand Pelosi ‘investigate justices’ and ‘save abortion.’
‘Don’t like me at your house? Get out of my uterus’ one woman’s sign reads as she demonstrates outside the home of Justice Samuel Alito
Candles are left in the street as a cop keeps guard outside Alito’s house in the Fort Hunt neighborhood of Alexandria, Va.
‘History will remember you as an oppressor and murderer,’ another woman’s sign reads
‘When nauseating Kavanaugh was nominated in 2018, Dems knew he was a Bush campaign operative who had perjured himself in previous confirmation hearings. He was also a known alcoholic and gambler. Then his serial sexual assaults came to light. He was still seated on SCOTUS,’ the group wrote on Twitter. ‘Through Herculean efforts of grassroots volunteers, @SpeakerPelosi was reinstated in 2019. She held ZERO hearings into Kavanaugh’s crimes and perjury. Imagine if she had. Would this creep be on the Court, daring to overturn Roe?’
‘Ruth Sent Us’ doxxed the Washington, D.C.-area addresses of the six conservative Supreme Court Justices and organized ‘walk-bys’ of their residences this week to protest the impending opinion that will overturn Roe v. Wade.
The group announced a so-called ‘walk-by Wednesday’ for May 11, 2022, saying marches will take place ‘at the homes of the six extremist justices, three in Virginia and three in Maryland.’
On Monday, protesters rallied outside the home of Justice Samuel Alito in Virginia, after dozens of people also gathered over the weekend outside the homes of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts in the Washington and Maryland suburbs.
Both White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer brushed off concerns of protesters making their way to the homes of Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade in a leaked draft opinion
‘There has been outcry about about protests that have been peaceful outside of judges homes, which again, you know, have been peaceful,’ Psaki said
Roberts has said that he doesn’t support a full overturn of Roe v. Wade, but claimed he would be in favor of allowing a Mississippi law that makes abortion illegal at the 15-week point of a pregnancy.
Demonstrators marched up and down Alito’s street in Alexandria, chanting ‘abort the court’ while holding lit candles and shouting slogans like ‘Alito is a coward’, and ‘our bodies, our choice.’
Images of coat hangers were chalked on the street outside the justices’ homes, an apparent attempt to reinforce the pro-choice argument that overturning Roe v. Wade will not put an end to abortion, but instead will end safe abortions.
‘Keep abortion safe and legal,’ the pro-abortion protesters chanted while they stood in the streets holding candles and signs.
Others shouted: ‘Your life is a lie!’ and ‘We will not go back!’
Cops stood guard outside the justices’ homes and, after what appeared to be a clash with demonstrators, ordered the activists to leave. At least one officer threatened to arrest and charge the protesters for violating Maryland law.
The Supreme Court draft opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito and published by POLITICO, was leaked on Monday. The document revealed the court has voted to strike down the landmark 1973 ruling Rove v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.
On Monday the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to beef up security for justices and their families.
Last week, law enforcement erected wire fencing outside the Supreme Court and justices canceled their public outings after the leaked opinion sent shock waves across the nation.
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 damage was discovered on Mother’s Day morning Sunday when a passerby called police and reported seeing smoke coming from the headquarters of the pro-life group.
Julaine Appling, president of the lobbying and advocacy organization, told the Wisconsin State Journal that a window was broken, books were burned, and there was graffiti on the walls, but the full extent of the damage is not yet known.