After Roe v. Wade decided in 1973, anti-terrorist activists began to engage in horrific acts of violence. Since 1977, when the National Abortion Federation began tracking such statistics, 11 abortion providers have been killed, and another 26 for people’s lives. There have been 42 abortion clinic bombings and 194 arson attacks. This behavior is far from the past; in 2020, vendors reported a 125% increase in hack and battery cases, with death threats, internet harassment, hate mail and harassing phone calls also increased from the previous year. Harassing patients outside of the clinic — shouting “You’re a murderer,” taking down license plates and aggressively stabbing people in the face — has, of course, been a huge tradition for those pursuing crimes, with the Supreme Court officially giving the green light for this. in 2014, when it repealed a Massachusetts law that established 35-foot “buffer zones” around entrances to abortion clinics. The law was enacted in response to years of anti-diet violence, including a mass shooting that left two workers dead in 1994.
But are people now peacefully protesting outside the homes of Supreme Court justices? For the sign that the judges are about to overturn nearly 50 years of precedent and destroy countless lives? Two Republican governors have made it clear to themselves that the protests are despicable acts that need to be stopped.
The Day After Senator Susan Collins call the police to report excited vigilantes left a message on her sidewalk asking her to “please” vote on legislation that would make abortion rights law, Republican governors of Maryland and Virginia asked the Department of Justice to stop protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and John Roberts, by enforcing a federal law banning protests that attempt to sway judges’ opinions on pending cases. (Roberts is not considered to have voted with a majority in the draft opinion; it is unclear which side he will ultimately take.) In their letter to the Attorney General. Merrick Garland, governor Larry Hogan and Glenn Youngkin wrote, “You can ensure that applicable federal law is enforced to maintain the integrity of the United States judicial system and the safety of our citizens.” Discussing the letter on Fox News, Youngkin said he would also ask the local government to set up a “belt” – you know, like a buffer zone! – restrict pedestrians and vehicles from entering the vicinity of Alito’s Alexandria, Virginia. (County officials declined to do so, explaining that it would create an unconstitutional “checkpoint.”)
The protesters said they have First Amendment rights there, and noted that no matter what, they are unlikely to sway the opinions of conservative judges. “Nothing changed their mind. We are showing our anger, our rage,” Donna Damico, A 70-year-old woman protested outside Kavanaugh’s Maryland home last week, telling The Washington Post. “We are powerless, and this is really all we have but pray that people vote in November.” Protesters have also noted the sheer hypocrisy of the idea that judges should be given extra protection when, for example, the Court has said abortion providers and clinics shouldn’t.
A DOJ spokesman said in a statement Wednesday that the attorney general is monitoring the situation and has “directed the United States Marshals Service to help ensure the safety of judges by providing additional assistance to the police of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court.”
After the Senate unanimously passed a bill expanding protections for the families of judges this week, abortion providers have wondered why their families aren’t given the same security guarantees. , because of the serious risk to their lives. “My daughter has a different surname than me. Part of the reason I didn’t give her my last name was because I wanted her to have an extra level of separation from me for her safety,” said Dr. Diane Horvath, an abortion and ob-gyn provider, told Today Father. “I can’t live in a world where I can’t do this job – it’s important and necessary. But we take a lot of risks every day just to be able to get where we need to be and do what needs to be done.”
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