Despite federal law prohibiting attempts to influence or intimidate the courts, abortion activists have been protesting outside the homes of several U.S. Supreme Court justices this week in response to a leaked draft opinion showing the court overturning Roe v. Wade.
However, the Biden administration has done nothing to stop these almost certainly illegal protests, Fox News reports.
At least one justice, Samuel Alito, the author of the draft opinion, and his family were moved from their home to a secure location due to threats and potential violence.
Federal U.S. code 1507 prohibits individuals from protesting with the “intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer … in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer.” Violators face fines and/or imprisonment of up to a year.
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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar provision in 1965 in the case Cox v. Louisiana, according to Reason.
“There is no room at any stage of judicial proceedings for such intervention; mob law is the very antithesis of due process,” the court wrote, adding that the justice system must be “absolutely fair and orderly.”
There appears to be little action from the Biden administration, however, to protect the fairness of the judicial system and uphold the law.
According to Fox News:
Attorney General Merrick Garland has not issued a public statement addressing the protests outside conservative justices’ homes. And the Department of Justice (DOJ) did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on Garland’s silence and the reason why protestors have not been arrested.
According to senior fellow at the National Review Institute and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy, the Biden DOJ is being silent on this for the same reason as the White House: “They are elevating their political interest in portraying the draft Supreme Court opinion as extreme over their constitutional duty to execute the laws faithfully and protect both the Court and the justices.”
The White House has condemned threats, vandalism and violence against the judges and pro-life advocates in recent days but it also has promoted the right to protest when asked about the targeting of the justices’ homes.
“[President Biden] strongly believes in the Constitutional right to protest,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday in a statement. “But that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism. Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.”
Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Network, slammed the weak statement, saying it shows how the Biden administration is “beholden” to radical pro-abortion activists.
“This statement from the WH is the equivalent of pouring gasoline and saying ‘Just don’t light the match.’ Joe Biden’s White House is completely beholden to the left-wing dark money interests that helped elect him, which is why they won’t condemn these radical tactics,” Severino responded on Twitter.
A few Democrat leaders also have condemned the attempts at intimidation. Last week, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a pro-abortion Democrat from Illinois, said protesters should not target the justices’ homes, calling it “demeaning and adolescent,” according to Fox News.
“There is no room for mob action, intimidation or any personal threats against a public official. Period. Whether it involves their home or otherwise, it is out of line,” Durbin said.
Since the draft was leaked, pro-life advocates and churches have been the targets of arson, vandalism, assaults and threats all across the country.
At least two pro-abortion groups have been calling for churches, especially Catholic Churches, to be the target of abortion activists’ outrage. And one group posted the addresses of the Supreme Court justices online to urge people to protest outside their homes.
“The leaked draft memo that states the Supreme Court has struck down #RoeVWade is an ATROCITY but It is not yet law & doesn’t have to be, but what they plan to do & will do if WE don’t stop them. Rise up! & RAISE HELL!” the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights wrote on Twitter.
Abortion activists are trying to intimidate the Supreme Court justices to change their minds 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.
Polls consistently show that most Americans support stronger legal protections for unborn babies than what Roe allows. LifeNews highlighted 11 recent polls here. A new Rasmussen poll shows more Americans want Roe v. Wade overturned (48 percent) than want the ruling to remain in place (45 percent).
Since 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.