US Activists Target Conservative Justices’ Homes for Protests Amid Roe v. Wade Scandal
© AP Photo / Jose Luis MaganaDemonstrators protest outside of the Supreme Court Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in Washington. A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report released Monday. Whatever the outcome, the Politico report represents an extremely rare breach of the court's secretive deliberation process, and on a case of surpassing importance.
© AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana
The landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling effectively banned states from prohibiting or greatly limiting abortion rights. However, recent a report suggests that conservative justices are preparing to revert the decision.
A group of activists dubbed "Ruth Sent Us" is organising protests at the homes of conservative justices against alleged plans to revert the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling.
The activists have already made public the home addresses of Justices Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, John Roberts, and Clarence Thomas, and are planning to organise demonstrations there on 11 May.
"Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights. We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics,” the "Ruth Sent Us" website explains.
Local police forces sent additional officers to the six justices’ homes in the wake of the leak of their addresses, Fox News reported. Law enforcement officers had already erected barricades in front of the Supreme Court building as pro-choice protests are taking place following the publication of the Politico report.
The report indicated that Justice Samuel Alito had drafted an opinion calling to overturn Roe v. Wade. If four more Supreme Justices join his stance, the decision, which effectively prevented states from banning abortions, would be abolished. Six out of nine sitting justices were appointed by Republican presidents, and are considered conservative-leaning.
Republican lawmakers condemned the leak as an attempt to "stir up a pressure campaign" against the justices who are poised to deliver their ruling. The Democrats in turn, including President Joe Biden, vowed to take steps to protect abortion rights even if the landmark decision is overturned.
29 October 2021, 22:59 GMT
Despite Roe v. Wade, some US states have recently attempted to pass laws limiting abortion rights.
Last year, Texas passed the so-called "heartbeat law,” which prohibits abortions once a child's heartbeat can be identified, around six weeks after conception. In order to work around Roe v. Wade, Texas did not include government enforcement for the law, instead effectively deputised every Texan to enforce it by giving them the right to sue clinics and any citizen that helps carry out an abortion at the banned stages of pregnancy.
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