A law professor urged the US Supreme Court to immediately release a ruling this week on an abortion case in Mississippi as the threat of violence against conservative judges and pro-life advocates escalates.
Authorities reported an assassination attempt on Judge Brett Kavanaugh early Wednesday morning. In mid-May, Judge Samuel Alito and his family moved from their home to a safe location over violent threats.
Both incidents — along with three arson attacks on pro-life organizations and dozens of cases of vandalism, threats, and other hostilities — have occurred since Politico broke the news last month about a leaked draft ruling showing Supreme Court Justice Roe v. Wade overturned this summer. Brought a fall.
In a column, Wednesday in Reason, constitutional law professor Josh Blackman of South Texas College of Law Houston said the court should “immediately” issue an injunction in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case because of the mounting threats.
“Every day that passes, and Dobbs remains undecided, is a day when the lives of the judges and their families are in danger,” wrote Blackman, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and president of the Harlan Institute. “…The judges must send a clear and unequivocal message that they will not be intimidated by these acts of violence.”
The leaked draft ruling showed that five oudges agreed to annul Roe over the Mississippi abortion case. However, the draft is not final, and no one knows when the Supreme Court will make its final ruling.
Meanwhile, Hot Air blogger Allahpundit warned that a pro-abortion fanatic could kill one of the conservative judges to prevent the court from overthrowing Roe.
†[I]In the current political context, a fanatic has more motive to kill one of the Court’s conservatives than assuage their anger,” the conservative blogger wrote shortly after the leak. “This would provide a strategic advantage for the pro-choice side. †
This week he added: “If you have reason to believe that five judges have signed on to overthrow Roe, but the decision hasn’t been handed down yet, then that’s an incentive to get one of those votes with all of them.” possible resources. Especially since a Democratic president could fill the vacancy.”
Blackman said he doesn’t know why the ruling has not yet been released but pointed to a quote from Chief Justice John Roberts, a moderate, as a possible reason.
“The work of the Court will not be affected in any way,” Roberts said in response to the leak in early May.
Perhaps Roberts thinks that by deviating from the normal course of events, the court would signal that the leak daffectsthe court’s business. If so, Roberts continues to live in a different reality than the rest of us. Justice Kavanaugh nearly faced an assassination attempt. A group called Ruth Bader Ginsburg is promoting nighttime protests outside his home. Similar protests are planned outside the homes of other judges. Their lives have been turned upside down. All other Justices run the same risk. The way to ensure that the Court is “not affected in any way” is to decide a case as soon as it is ready, removing the threat that someone will try to rob the majority of the fifth vote.
The US Marshals and the Department of Justice have increased the safety of the judges, their staff, and their families. In mid-May, the US Senate also unanimously passed a bill to increase security measures for the Supreme Court, but the US House, which pro-abortion Democrats control, blocked the bill.
Days after a leaked draft ruling showed the Supreme Court overturned Roe, the pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us published the addresses of the conservative judges’ homes online. Since then, abortion activists have staged aseveralillegal protests in front of their homes.
According to Axios, a recent Department of Homeland Security report warned that radical abortion activists could burn down or storm the Supreme Court building and kill judges and their clerks if the court overthrows Roe. The report indicates that these pro-abortion extremists also plan to attack churches and other places of worship with violence and vandalism.
LifeNews also reported last week about the left-wing pro-abortion group Shut Down DC, which plans to blockade the streets around the Supreme Court building on June 13 to shut it down.
At least three pro-life organizations have been victims of arson in recent weeks, and dozens of acts of vandalism, attacks, and threats against pro-lifers and churches.
Some pro-abortion groups have called for churches, especially Catholic churches, to be targeted by abortion activists’ outrage.
“The leaked draft memo stating that the Supreme Court struck down #RoeVWade is a CRUELTY, but it is not yet law and need not be but what they intend to do and will do if WE don’t stop them. Stand up! & HELL HELL!” the group Rise 4 Abortion Rights wrote on Twitter.
Even prominent pro-abortion groups use words that indicate possible rebellion and violence. On Twitter, Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of Women’s March, said abortion activists would be “ungovernable” until the government legalizes abortion on demand.
The Supreme Court is expected to issue its final ruling on the Dobbs case this summer, likely later this month.
Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.