Abortion activists blocked streets around the U.S. Supreme Court building Monday in Washington, D.C. as Americans await the justices’ ruling on a major Mississippi abortion case.
Townhall reporter Julio Rosas covered the protest Monday, one of the days the court was scheduled to release opinions. Protesters from both sides of the debate showed up, but the Supreme Court did not release its ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.
Rosas said pro-abortion protesters blocked several streets at one point – something the pro-abortion group Shut Down D.C. warned it would do in an attempt to shut down the court.
“Pro-abortion protesters are heading towards the Supreme Court to ‘shut down’ the streets nearby,” Rosas wrote Monday morning on Twitter, showing a video of protesters marching down the street and chanting behind a banner that read, “Our home is on fire.”
Later in the morning, Rosas reported that pro-abortion protesters blocked an intersection near the Supreme Court and Senate office buildings.
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“The group has now broken up into smaller groups to block more streets around the Supreme Court. Police presence is heavy in the area,” he wrote a few minutes later, showing a photo of a line of abortion activists standing in the middle of the street.
Mark Sherman, who also attended the protest, reported a heavy police presence outside the Supreme Court building. He posted a photo on Twitter of a large fence and warning signs around the building.
Another video by Media Research Center writer Tierin Rose showed abortion activists in front of the Supreme Court chanting, “Women are not incubators.”
Some of the abortion activists who spoke at the protest were as young as 14, Rose said. She also quoted an unnamed teacher who said she was proud to see eighth-grade students in the crowd. “Once I saw what was going on, I had to send them in. I’ve never been so proud,” the teacher said, according to Rose’s report.
Pro-life advocates also showed up to protest, including a group from Students for Life. John Wesley Reid of the Standing for Freedom Center posted a video of the pro-lifers chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho! Roe v. Wade has got to go!” as they marched down the street.
Last week, The Epoch Times published details about the plan by Shut Down D.C. to blockade the Supreme Court building, based on footage it obtained from one of the group’s online meetings.
Discussion at the meeting suggests abortion activists plan to hold a “sit-in” to block the three vehicle entrances to the Supreme Court building in an attempt to prevent the justices and court staff from entering the building to release the abortion ruling, the news outlet found.
“Goal is to create a decision dilemma, presenting the court, Congress, and law enforcement [and the political leaders that oversee them] with three unacceptable [to them] options,” the group wrote on a presentation at the meeting, according to the report.
The group said it wants to “escalate the crisis” by forcing police to remove them or the government to meet their demands, the report continues.
The Supreme Court has not issued a final ruling on the abortion case yet, but the Department of Homeland Security released a report in mid-May warning that radical abortion activists may burn down or storm the Supreme Court building and murder justices and their law clerks if the court overturns Roe v. Wade. The report indicates these pro-abortion extremists also plan to target churches and other places of worship with violence and vandalism.
Since the leaked abortion ruling broke in early May, Americans have witnessed a spate of vandalism, arson, assault and threats against the high court, churches, pro-life organizations and advocates across the country.
Last week, an alleged assassin with a gun was arrested outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after the man said he planned to kill the justice, according to police.
At least four pro-life organizations have been the victims of arson in recent weeks, and there have been dozens of acts of vandalism, assaults and threats.
Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions. In May, Politico reported about a leaked draft ruling showing the high court overturning Roe v. Wade this summer; however, the draft is not final.
A ruling on the Dobbs case is expected in the next two weeks.