WASHINGTON—Pro-life advocates have expressed shock at recent news of abortion activists leading an aggressive campaign of protest outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.
Picketing to influence a judge’s ability to discharge his duty is a crime under U.S. law, but pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us still has an online announcement calling for protests Wednesday outside the houses of Supreme Court justices.
The government’s minimal action in response to these protests shows that important leaders support abortion, according to American Life League president Judie Brown.
“This is the entire system gone mad,” said Brown. “They’re all in favor of abortion—the government, et cetera. And now is the perfect chance to show how they really feel.”
It’s not the fault of the police that only a few officers stood outside the houses of Supreme Court justices over the last few days, Brown said. Higher government authorities have kept the police from deploying in force.
“If I were a policeman, and I saw this kind of violence going on, especially at the residences of Supreme Court justices, I would send a clear message that this is not going to be tolerated by the police department,” she said.
So far, hundreds of protesters have gathered to shout outside the homes of Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito, and John Roberts. More protests are planned for Wednesday, according to a website run by Ruth Sent Us.
The protests happened in response to a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft that suggests the Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade.
As of writing, the Department of Justice has remained silent about whether the protests outside the Supreme Court justices’ houses were illegal.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has made no comment.
So far, the protests outside the Supreme Court have been loud and angry, with several punches thrown at pro-life protesters.
“Abortion is a violent act. And the people who support abortion are violent,” said Brown.
Protesters punched Bryan Kemper, the director of youth outreach for Priests for Life, while he was outside the Supreme Court, he said.
“I was punched several times,” he said. “Friends of mine were punched and attacked. What we’re seeing is unhinged.”
Kemper said he wouldn’t be surprised if violence continued outside the homes of the Supreme Court justices.
Ruth Sent Us, one of the groups organizing the protests outside the homes of justices, asks people to let them know if they want to join or lead a “peaceful protest.”
Despite their concerns about violence by protesters, both Brown and Kemper said they believed the Supreme Court justices wouldn’t be intimidated by protests.
“There’s no way these justices are going to be intimidated,” said Kemper. “They’re not going to back down. They’re not going to allow protests to stop them from doing the job that they were sworn to do.”
In response to the protests outside the houses of the Supreme Court justices, government reactions have been mixed.
Shifting course from previous approval for protests, President Joe Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki said that judges shouldn’t have to worry about their personal safety.
“Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety,” she announced on Twitter.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said authorities were working to keep peace outside Alito’s home.
“Virginia State Police were closely monitoring, fully coordinated with Fairfax County and near the protests,” he said.
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said that the Supreme Court leak weakened America’s judicial system.
“The Supreme Court leak will set a disturbing precedent of inciting mob pressure to intimidate the justices before they issue a decision. For the sake of the court’s independence, this leaker must be found and punished,” he said on Twitter.