Joe Biden won’t condemn abortion activists’ plans to target churches and U.S. Supreme Court justices’ homes in protests this weekend, despite growing fears of possible violence.
At a press conference Friday, a Fox News journalist asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki if the Biden administration believes publishing the addresses of U.S. Supreme Court justices to encourage protests outside their homes is “extreme,” according to CNS News.
Abortion activists plan to target the justices’ homes and churches across the country on Mother’s Day with protests and, some fear, violence as outrage grows in response to a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that overturns Roe v. Wade.
“Some of these justices have young kids. Their neighbors are not all public figures. So would the president think about waving off activists that want to go into residential neighborhoods in Virginia and Maryland?” Fox News journalist Peter Doocy asked.
Psaki said they encourage only peaceful protests, which are “not extreme.”
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When Doocy asked again if the Biden administration will condemn the potential intimidation of Supreme Court judges, Psaki did not.
“I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest,” she said. “We want it, of course, to be peaceful, and certainly the president would want to people’s privacy to be respected. But I think we shouldn’t lose the point here. The reason people are protesting is because women across the country are worried about their fundamental rights that have been law for 50 years, their rights to make choices about their own bodies and their own health care, are at risk. That’s why people are protesting — they’re unhappy, they’re scared.”
When asked if Biden wants “protesters to influence Supreme Court justices so that they uphold Roe,” Psaki again did not directly respond, The Daily Wire reports.
“I wouldn’t say he has a view on that,” Psaki said, adding again that Biden “believes in peaceful protests.”
Pro-life advocates are concerned about violent attacks in the coming days. Pro-life pregnancy centers and pro-life advocates already have been the targets of vandalism, violence and harassment this week in response to the news about the Supreme Court. At least one Catholic church has, too, and more seems likely in the weeks ahead.
At least two pro-abortion groups also are calling for churches, especially Catholic Churches, to be the target of abortion activists’ outrage on Mother’s Day, with one urging activists to “rise up and raise hell!”
“The violence of abortion is seen in the violence of abortion supporters. This Sunday, Catholic Churches will allegedly be targeted by pro-abortion handmaiden cosplayers. And the White House won’t even say don’t do it,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, wrote on Twitter.
Roger Severino, former director of the federal Office of Civil Rights, told the Daily Wire that the culture of death will stop at nothing to keep its power.
“And there’s no depths to which it will not go to push its deadly agenda,” Severino said. “… There are pro-life people, including our Supreme Court justices, being threatened with violence because they’re taking a stand against violence in the womb. That’s a supreme irony. Psaki didn’t mention any of that. She wants to shift the focus onto anything other than the threats on pro-lifers in America, including constitutionalist judges and the threats to unborn life in the world.”
Abortion activists are trying to intimidate U.S. Supreme Court justices to change their mind and uphold Roe after the leaked draft opinion showed the majority voting to overturn the infamous 1973 ruling. The draft is not final, judges can change their minds, and it is not clear when the high court will issue its final ruling on the abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, but many believe the court will overturn Roe and allow states to protect unborn babies again.
If the court overturns Roe, the Guttmacher Institute predicts that 26 states would ban abortions.
Since 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.