Virginia Police Monitoring Planned Protests at Supreme Court Justices’ Homes: Governor

By Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 7, 2022 Updated: May 9, 2022

Virginia State Police (VSP) are monitoring the planned protests at the homes of three Supreme Court justices and will help make sure the justices stay safe, according to a spokeswoman for Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

“The governor is aware and Virginia State Police will monitor the situation,” Macaulay Porter, the spokeswoman, told The Epoch Times in an email.

“VSP will assist federal and local law enforcement as needed to ensure the safety of our citizens, including Supreme Court justices, who call Virginia home,” she added.

VSP did not respond to a request for comment.

An activist group called Ruth Sent Us recently posted a map with the addresses of three justices who live in Virginia.

They encouraged people to peacefully protest outside the homes.

The map also included the addresses of three justices who live in Maryland.

The six justices were all appointed by Republican presidents and five or six of them are poised to strike down Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that concluded that access to abortion is a constitutional right, according to a recently released draft ruling.

The activist group calls the six justices extremists and wants some of them to resign, claiming they lied to lawmakers about their stances on the abortion decision.

The map was later removed from the group’s website by Google, which said that it violated the company’s terms of service and/or policies.

Ruth Sent Us, which is also urging people to dress as characters from “The Handmaid’s Tale” and protest inside churches on Mother’s Day, did not respond to a request for comment.

A spokeswoman for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan did not return an inquiry. Nor did the Maryland State Police.

Protests have primarily been taking place outside the Supreme Court building, which sits across the street from the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Justice Samuel Alito, a George W. Bush appointee who penned the draft ruling, is one of the justices who live in Virginia.

Politico, which published the draft, cited a source when reporting that Justices Clarence Thomas, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh were joining Alito to form a majority.

Thomas is a George H. W. Bush appointee while the other three are Trump appointees.

George W. Bush appointee John Roberts may or may not side with the majority.

The remaining three justices were appointed by Democrat presidents.

The ruling was on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case deals with a Mississippi law that banned abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Alito noted that states had varying laws regarding abortion before 1973, when the nation’s top court handed down Roe v. Wade.

The decision “must be overruled,” Alito said, because the Constitution “makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.