A California man accused of trying to assassinate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh described himself as “pro-abortion” and advocated for “mandatory” abortions to end human suffering, according to federal court documents and archives of social media posts.
Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, was arrested outside Kavanaugh’s Maryland home on June 8 with a gun and other weapons after he allegedly admitted that he planned to kill the justice. According to authorities, his motive was to stop the justices from overturning Roe v. Wade after an unknown source leaked a draft ruling of the Supreme Court’s decision in early May.
Townhall reports comments on Reddit that Roske reportedly wrote under the username “AmericanNick7” provide insight into just how radically pro-abortion he is.
“I am pro-abortion (in favor of aborting fetuses, not pro-choice,” Roske wrote in the “r/ChangeMyView” subreddit in 2019, according to Townhall.
He went on to explain that he believes abortion should be mandatory to increase natural resources and reduce human suffering.
“I think that something as significant as consciousness should not be imposed on matter (the person before they gain consciousness) without consent, and as a non-conscious person cannot give consent, being born is inherently done without consent…” Roske wrote, according to Townhall.
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“If abortion were mandatory for pregnant women, no new people would be born, and thus no new people would experience suffering,” he continued, the report states. “If no new people are born, humanity will end and thus human suffering will end. This would require no deaths of people already in existence, it would simply prevent new people from coming into existence. Over time, resources would become more plentiful, another benefit of this method.”
When other commenters criticized his beliefs, he responded: “The suffering caused by the continued existence of humanity is of an incomprehensible magnitude… In order to end suffering on Earth we would have to destroy the possibility of all life on earth.”
Roske also acknowledged that his views were “radical” but said he “sincerely” does believe them, according to the report.
The Blaze reports FBI agents found several accounts that Roske set up on social media where he discussed abortion and asked suspicious questions, such as “How difficult is it to covertly take out an HVT?” The initials likely stand for “high value target.”
Using another Reddit account, “Narrow_Frosting_1539” in May, Roske asked what would happen if conservative justices on the Supreme Court would be replaced by liberal ones, according to The Blaze.
“The Roe v Wade leak has brought a lot of attention to the supreme court and what it is capable of. If going into the future the Supreme Court retains the same members, what is a realistic expectation for the future?” Narrow_Frosting_1539 wrote. “On the other hand, if a conservative judge were replaced by a liberal judge, thus changing which party has the majority, what would change? I am curious both about the immediate results (over the next few years) and long term (the next few decades).”
New evidence from these accounts suggests Roske also may have been planning to kill up to three of the justices who agreed to overturn Roe. In an affidavit in support of a search warrant from the Department of Justice, the FBI pointed to a Discord discussion in which Roske mentioned “shooting for 3,” Reason reported earlier this month.
Roske is facing attempted murder charges and life in prison, if convicted. He recently pleaded not guilty.
Allegedly, Roske traveled from California to Maryland to assassinate Kavanaugh at his home on June 8. Police near Kavanaugh’s home found Roske with a Glock handgun, 37 rounds of ammunition, a “black speed loader,” hard-knuckled gloves, pepper spray, a knife, lock-picking tools and a black mask, according to authorities.
Roske allegedly threatened to kill Kavanaugh because he was upset that the justice planned to overturn Roe this summer and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again, according to the criminal complaint.
Authorities said Roske told them that he decided to kill the Supreme Court justice after “thinking about how to give his life a purpose,” according to court documents.
“Roske further indicated that he had purchased the Glock pistol and other items for the purpose of breaking into the justice’s residence and killing the justice as well as himself,” FBI special agent Ian Montijo said in an affidavit.
Roske also said he found the justice’s home address online.
Days after a leaked draft ruling showed the Supreme Court overturning Roe, the pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us published the addresses of the conservative justices’ homes online publicly – prompting authorities to increase security.
A recent crime wave has many pro-life organizations adding security and Republican lawmakers demanding action from the Biden administration to crack down on the growing domestic terrorism.
Nearly 100 churches and pro-life organizations have been targets of arson and vandalism since May when news leaked that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe, according to the Catholic News Agency,
The FBI announced an investigation into the pro-abortion violence in June, but many believe the Biden administration and Democrat leaders are not doing enough to stop the violence. There have been very few arrests.