Senate Unanimously Passes Bill To Protect Supreme Court Justices’ Families Amid Leftist Protests
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: A pro-choice activist holds up a sign during a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade May 3, 2022 in Washington, DC. In a leaked initial draft majority opinion obtained by Politico and authenticated by Chief Justice John Roberts, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey should be overturned, which would end federal protection of abortion rights across the country.
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The U.S. Senate passed legislation Monday to protect Supreme Court justices’ families amid protests over a leaked early draft of a majority opinion indicating Roe v. Wade would likely be overturned.

The proposal — sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) — passed via voice vote with no objections, ABC News reported. The legislation would offer the nine justices security protections in line with members of the legislative and executive branches.

“Trying to scare federal judges into ruling a certain way is far outside the bounds of normal First Amendment speech or protest,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said before the vote, according to ABC.

Indeed, Left-wing protesters began showing up to the homes of Justice Samuel Alito — who wrote the draft overturning the 1973 ruling that claimed the Fourteenth Amendment has a “right to privacy” permitting abortion — and his colleagues.

Pro-abortion rights group Ruth Sent Us doxed six members of the Supreme Court, reportedly posting their home addresses online and calling for protests. Despite the aggressive activism, the Supreme Court’s majority decision to overrule Roe remains intact according to one report.

Top Republican and Democratic officials have recently released statements about the protests.

On Sunday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) made it clear that he had no patience for protesters who enter private neighborhoods to stake out justices’ homes.

“We can’t tolerate intimidation as a political tool It’s 1 thing to peacefully demonstrate & another to undermine institutions like SCOTUS+harass justices at home bc of a decision u might not like And ANYONE making threats of violence should be arrested & prosecuted,” Grassley tweeted.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden was slammed by critics for his tepid initial response to both the individual who leaked the opinion and the pro-abortion rights protesters who are marching in front of the justices’ homes.

“I don’t have an official U.S. Government position on where people protest,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a press briefing. “I want it — we want it of course to be peaceful. … I think we shouldn’t lose the point here: The reason people are protesting is because women across the country are worried about their fundamental rights that have been law for 50 years. Their rights to make choices about their own bodies and their own health care are at risk. That’s why people are protesting — they’re unhappy, they’re scared.” 

She also attempted to justify the protests by saying, “Look, I think the president’s view is that there’s a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness from many, many people across this country about what they saw in that leaked document.” She added, “We obviously want people’s privacy to be respected.” 

However, Psaki later said on Twitter that President Biden “believes in the Constitutional right to protest,” which “should never include violence, threats, or vandalism. Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.”

Pregnancy centers — which provide financial and medical resources to underprivileged mothers seeking help to keep their babies — and pro-life organizations’ offices are reporting attacks and vandalism from abortion supporters. The headquarters of Wisconsin Family Action in Madison, Wisconsin, for example, was set on fire on Sunday morning in what appears to be a politically-motivated attack. Graffiti was left outside the building that stated, “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.”

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