Abortion rights protesters plan to demonstrate outside the homes of Supreme Court justices in an unprecedented bid to get them to overturn a draft opinion striking down Roe v. Wade.
The protests could be similar to those that took place outside the home of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, who led an effort to limit when such protests take place and arrest those who violate the new law.
The cow-ringing protests outside Wu’s home in Roslindale were aimed at his vaccination mandate for city workers. So far, the protests have not been successful. Instead, they tricked Wu into writing an order preventing them from leaving her house before 9 a.m.
But judges are not elected and should not have to feel that their lives are in danger – they should be free from outside political pressure or intimidation.
The Supreme Court is a cornerstone of democracy in the United States. Judges are supposed to rule on the basis of the Constitution, not be influenced by militant lobbyists.
Some judges are now branded as right-wing extremists by politicians like US Senator Elizabeth Warren, which could undermine court decisions.
Not to mention the leaking of the draft opinion, unprecedented in the court’s history, and calls to fill the court with additional judges favorable to the Democrats.
Even the White House refuses to condemn the protests at the justices’ homes, saying instead that President Biden shares the same outrage the protesters are expressing.
“The president, for all these women, men, others who feel indignant, who are afraid, who feel concerned, he hears them, he shares this concern and this horror that he has seen in this draft opinion”, said Jen Psaki, White House press secretary. mentioned.
She said Biden believes in “participating in a peaceful protest” — whether in court or at the homes of some justices believed to be supporting the draft opinion quashing Roe v. Wade.
But there have already been loud protests outside the courthouse that have drawn the attention of police, who have erected barriers around the historic Capitol Hill building.
PSAki also refused to agree with the view that the abortion rights protesters were extreme.
“Peaceful protest, no,” she said. “The peaceful protest is not extreme. We certainly encourage people to stay peaceful and not resort to any level of violence. »
When asked if Biden thought the posting of several judges’ home addresses was a “peaceful” protest, Psaki declined to answer.
“I don’t have an official US government position on where people are protesting,” she said. “Of course we want it to be peaceful, and the president would certainly want people’s privacy respected. But I think we shouldn’t lose the point here. The reason people are protesting is because women of all the country are worried about their fundamental rights which have been in force for 50 years.