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A small group of pro-choice protesters picketed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco residence, condemning Pelosi and her party as “accomplices” in the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade (1973), after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion suggested the Court was about to overturn the abortion precedent.
“We are here because the Democratic Party and Democrats as a whole have been complicit in all of this,” one protester shouted into a megaphone.
She and others lined up behind a banner reading “abortion on demand and without excuses!” They also carried signs with the faces of the five Republican-appointed court justices who allegedly backed the draft opinion, with the word “LIAR” above their heads.
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She explicitly stated her intention to pressure the Court not to act on the opinion.
“We are here because this draft decision is what it is, it is just a draft, and we will protest here, in front of the leadership of the Democratic Party, and in the streets from coast to coast. , unceasingly, as we work to keep abortion legal – legal and accessible, not uncommon,” she said.
She criticized Democratic messaging on the issue in the 1990s, singling out first lady Hillary Clinton then.
“Hillary Clinton, who kicked it off like abortion should be legal, but rare, like abortion was a tragedy,” the protester said. “We’re here to say that abortion is a basic right, a basic human right, and without that right, women are fundamentally enslaved. And we won’t tolerate that.”
She also attacked Pelosi for saying “years ago the Democratic Party was too focused on the issue of abortion.” In May 2017, Pelosi said Democrats shouldn’t make abortion a deal-breaker for their party.
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Another protester said a possible Supreme Court opinion invalidating Roe would be Pelosi’s “legacy”.
“Speaker Pelosi, this will be your legacy, 35 years of your reign of terror,” he said. “You had a supermajority under [former President] Obama under which it should have been your top priority. Why did you keep this on the table? Because it’s your most effective fundraising tool. That’s why.”
He condemned Pelosi for blaming “Republicans” even though Democrats “currently control all three branches of government”, ostensibly referring to the White House and both houses of Congress.
The protester condemned Roe’s potential overthrow as a “blatant war on women and other womb carriers”.
The left-wing group Ruth Sent Us previously announced that protesters from several pro-abortion groups would descend on Pelosi’s home to demand that she “investigate corrupt judges” and “save abortion.”
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Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed last week that 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.
In the wake of the historic leak, pro-choice protesters targeted the homes of Supreme Court justices, with a massive demonstration outside Alito’s home on Monday night.
Pelosi praised protesters for expressing “righteous anger” in remarks on Monday.
“While we have seen and heard extraordinary angst in our communities, we have been moved by how so many have channeled their righteous anger into meaningful action: planning to march and mobilizing to make their voices heard,” said said Pelosi.
In the statement, she also attacked Republicans and the Supreme Court over the expected ruling, and said Democrats “will fight tirelessly to enshrine Roe v. Wade as the law of the land.”
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Pelosi had a 100% voting record on abortion rights, according to a 2020 report from NARAL Pro-Choice America. The Senate must vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill codifying Roe that Pelosi championed and the House passed in September 2021. The bill failed in the Senate by a 46-48 vote in March, with Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., voting with Republicans against the bill.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.
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