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Pro-abortion activists are targeting Catholic churches for Mother’s Day protests, with some citing the Roman Catholic faith of several judges who allegedly at one point backed the leaked draft opinion quashing Roe v. Wade.
The protests follow days of organizing outside the Supreme Court building following Monday night’s leak — protests that led police in Washington, D.C., to erect a fence ostensibly to protect the building and communities. judges inside. Fox News also learned that there was a heavy police presence at the judges’ home following the leak.
MASSIVE FENCE ERECTED AROUND SUPREME COURT AND JUSTICE BUILDING CANCELS PUBLIC EVENT AMID PROTESTS
“Whether you’re a ‘Catholic for Choice,’ an ex-Catholic, of another faith, or no faith, recognize that six hardline Catholics have decided to overthrow Roe,” pro-abortion organizing group Ruth Sent Us said. posted on Twitter, with a video of activists appearing to disrupt a church service. “Hold on to or at a local Catholic church on Sunday, May 8.”
The organization Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights organized a “week of action” starting on May 8, Mother’s Day, with “Actions outside of churches”.
“This action is demanded by a group of Spaniards [sic] speaking women’s rights groups + activists across the country, including Bride’s March, Dominican Women’s Development Center, Ni Una Menus and Las 17,” according to the event schedule. “Several cities will be holding protests in front of major churches in their cities, these may look like a group of people holding signs wearing Handmaids Tale outfits, handing out flyers outside to church worshipers or making a die-in.
Abortion activists wear ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ outfits in protest, comparing laws restricting abortion to the regime of ritualized rape and forced motherhood in Margaret Atwood’s novel.
WHITE HOUSE ENCOURAGES ‘PEACEFUL PROTESTS’, DOESN’T TELL ABORTION ACTIVISTS TO AVOID SCOTUS JUSTICE HOUSES
Pro-abortion vandals targeted a church in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, spraying “bans on our bodies” and “my body my choice” on the building.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed On Tuesday, Judge Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was authentic – although the draft dates back to February and does not represent the current or definitive opinion of the court. In the draft, Alito overrules Roe v. Wade, which struck down state laws across the country, and allows states to make their own abortion laws again.
Following the leak, activists called for protests at the homes of judges who would supposedly vote to overthrow Roe, and even posted their addresses online.
It remains unclear whether the Court will overturn Roe in the Dobbs decision and which justices will vote in favor of the decision. The Politico story reporting the connection claimed that five justices voted to do so and that Roberts favored upholding the Mississippi abortion law at issue but did not want to overturn Roe.
Brian Burch, president of Catholic advocacy organization Catholic Vote, condemned the planned protests and urged President Biden – who has come under fire for claiming a Catholic identity while supporting abortion – to condemn what Burch called “domestic terrorist threats”.
“Following the brazen leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion, pro-abortion groups are now threatening to disrupt Catholic churches and demonstrate outside the homes of Supreme Court Justices this Sunday,” noted Burch in a statement Thursday.
“President Biden must immediately and forcefully condemn these domestic terrorist threats,” Burch said. “Anti-Catholic fanatics conspire to intimidate and harass Catholics across the country, as well as judges and their families. This country was built on freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The President of the United States must defend both.”
“These threats follow a record number of attacks on churches, shrines and Catholic symbols over the past two years,” the Catholic Vote president added, citing the Boulder vandalism.
Catholic Vote has urged the Justice Department to investigate the trend of anti-Catholic vandalism, citing at least 120 cases since May 2020.
The White House on Thursday declined to encourage abortion activists to avoid protesting outside judges’ private residences. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden “shares” the “concern” and “horror” of those who “feel outraged” or “frightened” by the leaked draft advisory.
When Peter Doocy of Fox News asked Psaki if the abortion protests outside the judges’ homes could be considered extreme, she replied, “A peaceful protest, no. A peaceful protest is not extreme. We encourage certainly people to stay peaceful and not resort to any level of violence.”
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Unlike Ruth Sent Us, the justices who voted to overthrow Roe were not “six hardline Catholics.” While Justices Alito, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett are Catholic, Neil Gorsuch, the so-called fifth vote, is Episcopalian. Roberts and Judge Sonia Sotomayor are also Catholics, although they apparently did not vote to unseat Roe. Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan are Jewish, while new Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson is a non-denominational Protestant.
Fox News’ Thomas Phippen contributed to this report.