Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) made it clear on Sunday that he had no patience for protesters who had made their way into private neighborhoods to stake out the homes of Supreme Court Justices.
“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.
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
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) May 8, 2022
Grassley’s comments came after pro-abortion protesters planned protests outside the homes of conservative justices protesting the early-decision draft that was leaked early last week. The draft, written by Justice Samuel Alito, indicated that the court could be poised to overturn two landmark abortion rulings – Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us — named for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — distributed maps showing the general locations of some of the justices’ homes, prompting Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy to ask Press Secretary Jen Psaki for a response.
Doocy: "He doesn't care if [abortion activists are] protesting outside the Supreme Court or.. someone's private residence?"
Psaki: "I don't have an official…position on where people protest…We want it…to be peaceful….[They're] protesting is b/c women…are worried[.]" pic.twitter.com/2K5hC5Il9u
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 5, 2022
“He doesn’t care if they’re protesting outside the Supreme Court or outside someone’s private residence?” Doocy asked.
“I don’t have an official U.S. Government position on where people protest,” Psaki replied. “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.”
In addition to protesting outside the homes of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts, some pro-abortion activists gathered to disrupt church services as well.
“A pro-abortion group is not only calling for the targeting of justices at their homes for protests but declaring “We’ll be burning the Eucharist” to protest the Catholic Church’s view of abortion as a sin. It is the liberating license of rage,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley tweeted.
“Protesters have blocked church’s before Mother’s Day services,” added. “Much like targeting the homes of justices, these protests are not designed to change minds but to vent rage. The Church has opposed abortion as a sin for centuries as a matter of faith.”