LOUDOUN — Former Vice President Mike Pence called on President Joe Biden to “speak out forcefully”as protestors plan demonstrations at the homes of the Supreme Court justices and at Catholic masses.
“President Biden should speak out forcefully, make it clear that those who support his view on abortion, on the Supreme Court, let their voice be heard, but heard peacefully and respect the law,” Pence said in a Saturday morning interview with The Daily Wire.
“The president of the United States is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America,” he continued. “And he ought to make it very, very clear that anyone who would engage in violence or threaten violence or disrupt religious services would be held to the strictest account.”
The White House has not responded to many requests for comment regarding the doxing of the justices or calls for protests at Catholic Churches. Asked Thursday if Biden condones the publishing of the Supreme Court justices’ locations, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden’s view “is that there is a lot of passion.”
“I don’t accept that,” Pence said Saturday, addressing whether Psaki’s response was adequate. “Americans can be passionate without breaking the law. And there’s no excuse for violence against persons or property in the name of any political causes.”
Pro-abortion disruptions of Catholic masses would also violate the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which prohibits “violent, threatening, damaging and obstructive conduct intended to injure, intimidate, or interfere with the right” to obtain abortions. It also bans the use of force, physical obstruction, injury, or intimidation to “injure, intimidate or interfere with any person lawfully exercising or seeking to exercise the First Amendment right of religious freedom at a place of religious worship.”
The Metropolitan Police Department told The Daily Wire on Friday that it is “aware of potential disruptions associated with First Amendment demonstrations, MPD will be monitoring, assessing and planning accordingly with our local and federal partners.”
“We increased available resources, including the activation of our Civil Disturbance Units, in preparation for these activities,” MPD public information officer Hugh Carew said.
One of the leftist groups calling for protests at the justices homes, Ruth Sent Us, also urged protestors to “stand at or in a local Catholic Church” on Sunday, Mother’s Day.
The organization had posted a map on its website that listed the street names where each justice supposedly lives with their families: Amy Coney Barrett, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch.
Google removed this map on Friday for violating its terms of service.
“We have clear policies that prohibit the use of personal information in My Maps and users can flag content that they feel is in violation of our policies for review,” a Google spokesperson told The Daily Wire. “After review of this map, we have found it to be in violation of our personal and confidential information policy and have removed it.”
The protestors are reacting to a leaked draft opinion showing that the court is likely preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade. Protests also took place outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in Los Angeles (where protestors violently clashed with police) and in New York City.
Pence also called the leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion a “despicable act,” calling for “those responsible need to be held to account.”
“But I hope and pray that the draft opinion becomes adopted as the majority opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States and we send Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history where it belongs,” he added.
“I’ve long believed that that Roe v Wade was not only morally wrong, but but deeply legally flawed,” he said. “And even the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a defender of abortion rights, found it difficult to defend on a legal basis.”
Pence’s hope is that “the five justices will have the courage of their convictions” and that the question of abortion will be returned to the states and “the American people where it belongs.”