Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, a pro-abortion activist group, held a protest outside Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s home in Virginia on June 18, the latest in a series of demonstrations triggered by the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion suggesting the court would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
The protestors in front of Barrett’s house were holding baby dolls and had their hands tied together with tape. They were dressed in clothing that appeared to be soaked in fake blood. The group held signs that said “Not going back” and pushed slogans like “forced motherhood = forced enslavement.” The group has staged pro-abortion protests at several other locations, including Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.
Pro-abortion radicals have carried out nearly two dozen attacks against pregnancy centers and other pro-life institutions in recent weeks.
On June 8, Federal authorities arrested a California man, Nicholas John Roske, for attempting to kill Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. The man told officers that he attempted the murder due to the leaked Supreme Court document.
“Well, if that same standard of domestic terrorism is going to apply, then why isn’t this being called out as domestic terrorism?” he said.
Mullin said the alleged perpetrator put together an assassination kit and drove from California all the way to Maryland to Kavanaugh's home, and that activists are trying to intimidate Kavanaugh because of his stance on Roe v. Wade.
Federal authorities have resisted charging the protestors, who legal experts say are in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1507, which prohibits picketing or parading near a judge’s residence “with the intent of influencing” the judge. Attorney General Merrick Garland, a Biden appointee, has ordered around-the-clock security for all nine justices’ homes.
“There’s an explicit federal law against protesting in front of the homes of judges or jurors," Cotton said. "Yet again, the feckless and hapless Attorney General Merrick Garland did nothing, even though he had advanced knowledge.”