The private homes of two conservative Supreme Court justices were targeted over Mother’s Day weekend by protesters upset over the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Last week’s unprecedented leak of a draft decision written by Justice Samuel Alito sparked about 100 demonstrators to gather in Maryland. First they protested at Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home, chanting pro-abortion slogans and waving signs.
They then marched to Chief Justice John Roberts’ home nearby before doubling back to protest at the Kavanaugh residence again. It was then that police instructed the crowd to disperse. Kavanaugh is one of five justices who cast preliminary votes to overturn Roe, according to the draft.
Chief Justice Roberts, on the other hand, may not be ready to make that decision. He did, however, express his outrage at an “egregious breach of trust” and ordered an investigation into the leak.
There is no word if either of the justices or their families were at home during the protests.
At least one Democratic Senator, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, declared Sunday that there should be no threats of violence “against a Supreme Court justice or against any member of Congress.” Notably there is now an 8-foot fence erected around the Supreme Court.
The radical pro-abortion group “Ruth Sent Us,” named in reference to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, called for abortion supporters to gather at justice’s homes and “at or in” Catholic churches. There were sporadic gatherings at parishes over the weekend along with the two justice’s homes.
One such protest was held at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Manhattan Saturday. Worshipers who hold a march on the first Saturday of each month as a pro-life protest were blocked from entering their parish. One sign proclaimed “abortion is a gift.” Another read “RIP Jesus.”
A protester in a one-piece bathing suit repeatedly called Fr. Fidelis Moscinski, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, a derogatory term and challenged him to come and face her. The rhetoric grew hotter Saturday when Ruth Sent Us tweeted that protesters will “be burning the Eucharist.”
Peaceful protest is as old as the United States itself, and both sides have the right to gather and voice their opinions. But mobbing at the homes of Supreme Court justices or members of Congress — for whatever reason — is an implied threat that is going too far.