Protests erupted around the nation when the leaked draft of a Supreme Court ruling revealed the court’s intention to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
Pro-abortion protestors occupied the streets, sidewalks, and yards of many Supreme Court justices’ residences, including Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Ruth Sent Us organized rallies against the houses of justices.
Officials relocated Justice Alito and his family to an unknown location after receiving death threats from the left.
U.S. Marshals Service began providing “round-the-clock protection” at the private residences of all endangered Supreme Court justices, not just the conservatives.
The protestors assembled in front of the residences of conservative judges were told that they may be prosecuted with an offense similar to that for which five Capitol demonstrators were indicted on January 6, 2021. 18 U.S.C. § 1507 prohibits attempts to coerce judges into modifying their decisions.
Since Roe was overturned and the question of abortion was left to the discretion of state governments, the protests have grown in size. And individuals are being arrested.
A notable arrest is that of Democratic Representative Judy Chu. Chu endorsed Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign.
On her congressional campaign’s Facebook page, she said, “It was great to welcome Hillary Clinton to East LA College, located in the 27th District, earlier this week. #ImWithHer.”
Chu met with Clinton the year previously.
A statement by Chu appears on her House page:
“I am so glad that we had the opportunity to hold a policy meeting with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss a number of pressing policy priorities of importance to CAPAC and the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander community. As the fastest growing racial population in the country, as well as the largest wave of new immigrants to the United States, AAPIs have become an increasingly important demographic to engage with. Today’s meeting with Secretary Clinton was a positive first step in that direction, and we look forward to continuing to dialogue with Secretary Clinton on these issues moving forward.”
Now, Chu’s office reports that she was among the more than 100 people detained during a pro-abortion demonstration in Washington, DC.
“When I first heard Roe was overturned, I immediately thought of who would be most harmed by this decision: a young girl who is a survivor of rape, a woman who cannot afford to travel to another state to access critical care, an expecting mother with an ectopic pregnancy whose life is in danger because she cannot have an abortion,” Chu said.
“So, when I think of all these women — and more — the decision to join in a peaceful demonstration to make clear we will not allow the clock to be rolled back on abortion rights was easy.”
The pro-abortion demonstrators with whom Chu marched to the US Supreme Court while carrying placards, singing, and shouting slogans such as “We won’t go back, we won’t go back, our human rights are under attack”
The group collectively sat down on the corner of Constitution Ave. NE and First St. NE, just a few feet from the Supreme Court and US Capitol grounds in what organizers said was an act of civil disobedience. The protesters faced several verbal warnings from US Capitol Police officers telling them the gathering was illegal, before several of them were arrested.
“We arrested 181 people for Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding (DC Code § 22–1307) for blocking the intersection of Constitution Avenue, NE and First Street, NE,” the US Capitol Police tweeted.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
You can see Chu being arrested at 10:12 in the video. The Hillary-supporting Representative was interviewed by a reporter prior to the arrest.
In an attempt to codify abortion rights and the right to privacy through legislation passed by Congress, President Joe Biden said he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster – the 60-vote requirement to pass most legislation.
Currently, Chu is pursuing an end to filibusters and pushing for the pro-abortion Women’s Health Protection Act. She sponsored and got the bill passed in the House last year. Senate Republicans in February, with the help of Joe Manchin, blocked the bill, though.
It has been over two months since someone leaked the draft of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Justice Samuel Alito authored the leaked draft, which was published by POLITICO. The decision issued that overturned Roe was pretty close to the original draft.
However, the identity of the leaker is still unknown.
As soon as the May 2 leak occurred, Chief Justice John Roberts asked the court marshal to investigate the incident and figure out who was responsible. Roberts stated that the leak was intended to “undermine the integrity of our operations.”