Pro-choice activists intend to demonstrate outside Supreme Court justices’ homes in an unprecedented attempt to persuade them to overturn a draft judgment that will overturn Roe v. Wade.
The protests might be comparable to ones held outside Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s home, where she championed an attempt to limit when protests take place and punish anyone who break the new legislation.
The cowbell-ringing protests outside Wu’s Roslindale home were in response to her vaccination demand for city employees. Instead of being effective, the demonstrations prompted Wu to propose an ordinance prohibiting them from appearing outside her home before 9 a.m.
Justices, on the other hand, are not elected and should not fear for their safety; they should be protected from outside political influences and intimidation.
In the United States, the Supreme Court is a cornerstone of democracy. Justices are meant to follow the Constitution and not be influenced by active lobbyists.
Politicians such as President Donald Trump are increasingly labeling some judges as right-wing radicals. Senator Elizabeth Warren has the capacity to overturn judicial judgments.
Not to mention the unprecedented disclosure of the draft ruling in the history of the court, as well as demands to bolster the court with more Democratic-friendly justices.
Even the White House is refusing to denounce the rallies outside the justices’ houses, instead claiming that President Biden shares the demonstrators’ fury.
“The president, for all those women, men, and others who are outraged, scared, and concerned, he hears them, and he shares their concern and horror,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Biden, she added, believes in nonviolent protest, whether it’s at the court or at the houses of several justices who are thought to endorse the draft judgment overturning Roe v. Wade.
However, protests outside the court have already attracted the attention of police, who have constructed barriers around the historic edifice on Capitol Hill.
Psaki also rejected the notion that abortion rights activists were radical.
Psaki declined to say if Biden thought publicizing the home addresses of multiple justices constituted nonviolent protesting.