When the Supreme Court draft decision which showed the body was posed to overturn the famous 1973 Roe v. Wade judgment that legalized abortion was leaked, protest erupted across the nation.
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Pro-abortion activists occupied the streets, sidewalks, and yards of the homes of a number of Supreme Court justices – including Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
A group called Ruth Sent Us staged demonstrations targeting justices’ homes.
Leftist death threats prompted officials to move Justice Alito and his family to an undisclosed location to keep them safe.
U.S. Marshals Service began providing “around-the-clock security” at the personal homes of all Supreme Court justices, not just the conservative ones who have been threatened.
There is a federal law that prohibits protests that interfere with, obstruct or hinder court proceedings.
The protesters gathered outside the homes of conservative justices were warned that they could be held accountable for an infraction not unlike the one for which some Capitol protesters were charged on Jan. 6, 2021. It is prohibited to attempt to intimidate judges into changing their judgments under 18 U.S.C. * 1507.
Since Roe was overturned and the issue of abortion left up to state governments to decide, the protests have gotten even larger. And people are getting arrested.
One arrest getting attention is of Democrat Rep. Judy Chu. Chu supported Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid in 2016.
On her congressional campaign Facebook page, she posted “It was great to welcome Hillary Clinton to East LA College, located in the 27th District, earlier this week. #ImWithHer.”
Chu also met with Clinton the prior year.
A statement by Chu on her House page reads:
“I am so glad that we had the opportunity to hold a policy meeting with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss a number of pressing policy priorities of importance to CAPAC and the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander community. As the fastest growing racial population in the country, as well as the largest wave of new immigrants to the United States, AAPIs have become an increasingly important demographic to engage with. Today’s meeting with Secretary Clinton was a positive first step in that direction, and we look forward to continuing to dialogue with Secretary Clinton on these issues moving forward.”
Now, Chu’s office said she was one of more than 100 arrested during a Washington, DC, pro-abortion protest.
“When I first heard Roe was overturned, I immediately thought of who would be most harmed by this decision: a young girl who is a survivor of rape, a woman who cannot afford to travel to another state to access critical care, an expecting mother with an ectopic pregnancy whose life is in danger because she cannot have an abortion,” Chu said.
“So, when I think of all these women — and more — the decision to join in a peaceful demonstration to make clear we will not allow the clock to be rolled back on abortion rights was easy.”
The pro-abortion protesters that Chu was with “marched to the US Supreme Court, holding signs, singing and chanting slogans, including: “We won’t go back, we won’t go back, our human rights are under attack.”
The group collectively sat down on the corner of Constitution Ave. NE and First St. NE, just a few feet from the Supreme Court and US Capitol grounds in what organizers said was an act of civil disobedience. The protesters faced several verbal warnings from US Capitol Police officers telling them the gathering was illegal, before several of them were arrested.
“We arrested 181 people for Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding (DC Code § 22–1307) for blocking the intersection of Constitution Avenue, NE and First Street, NE,” the US Capitol Police tweeted.
You can see Chu being arrested at 10:12 in the video. The Hillary-supporting Representative was interviewed by a reporter prior to the arrest.
In an attempt to codify abortion rights and the right to privacy through legislation passed by Congress, President Joe Biden said he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster – the 60-vote requirement to pass most legislation.
Currently, Chu is pursuing an end to filibusters and pushing for the pro-abortion Women’s Health Protection Act. She sponsored and got the bill passed in the House last year. Senate Republicans in February, with the help of Joe Manchin, blocked the bill, though.
It has been over two months since someone leaked the draft of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Justice Samuel Alito authored the leaked draft, which was published by POLITICO. The decision issued that overturned Roe was pretty close to the original draft.
However, the identity of the leaker is still unknown.
As soon as the May 2 leak occurred, Chief Justice John Roberts asked the court marshal to investigate the incident and figure out who was responsible. Roberts stated that the leak was intended to “undermine the integrity of our operations.”