Susan Collins calls police over pro-choice message left outside home after past violent threats

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The office of Senator Susan Collins, R-Mainesaid on Tuesday that she had been asked to contact the police if there was any activity outside her home as she had received “threatening letters and phone calls” in the past after a message urging him to codify Roe v. Wade was chalked outside his home.

She reported the message to the police, but it was determined that it was not a crime because it was not threatening.

The message read “Mainers Want WHPA. Clean up your mess”, referring to the Women’s Health Protection Act. Other messages were left outside his home which were not reported to the police.

The writing was eventually carried away by a public works crew.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to reporters amid the fallout from a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 4 2022.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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The message came as pro-choice protesters marched past the homes of various politicians and US Supreme Court justices following a leaked draft opinion that would overthrow Roe. The ruling established a constitutional right to abortion nationwide.

“Because Senator Collins periodically receives threatening letters and phone calls, Capitol Police have advised us to notify the local police department when there is directed activity around his home,” his office said Tuesday. .

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Collins has been criticized by Democrats for not supporting the Women’s Health Protection Act and for voting for Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

The senator said the two justices were “completely inconsistent” in what they said when they met with her before their confirmation hearings to find out if they would support Roe’s quashing.

Collins and GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska support the Reproductive Choice Act.

“I support the right to abortion established by Roe v. Wade and affirmed by Planned Parenthood v. Casey,” Collins said in late February. “Our legislation would enshrine these important protections in law without undermining laws that have been in place for decades and provide basic conscience protections that health care providers who have religious objections to performing abortions rely on.”

Collins’ office included two examples of recent threats she had received in the statement: a letter that claimed the “angel of death” would soon “visit” her home and a voicemail message in which a man said he would “kill” her if she voted. some way.

The letter, which was titled “Here is the word of the Lord”, read: “The angel of death is about to visit your house, for you have given yourself on the other side, like so many others for money and power.”

Reproductive rights protesters demonstrate outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Chevy Chase, Maryland, near Washington, U.S., May 7, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
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Reproductive rights protesters demonstrate outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Chevy Chase, Maryland, near Washington, U.S., May 7, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
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He continued: “You will pay a high price for your acts of treachery against this nation. You thought you would get away with selling this country to the highest bidder with everyone who is with you, and that is the farthest thing of the truth. You will all pay for the damage you have caused against MY nation, the United States of America and Israel.”

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The letter concluded: “You are a traitor, Susan, and you will reap what you have sown in this hour of judgment, saith the Lord of Hosts.”

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 10: Abortion rights protesters demonstrate outside the United States Supreme Court building on May 10, 2022 in Washington, DC.  Senate Democrats plan to pass a bill on May 11 that would codify abortion rights into federal law, but it's almost certain it won't get the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 10: Abortion rights protesters demonstrate outside the United States Supreme Court building on May 10, 2022 in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats plan to pass a bill on May 11 that would codify abortion rights into federal law, but it’s almost certain it won’t get the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

In a separate voicemail, a man told Collins “You vote for that f—–g Black b—h I’ll kill you!”

Collins’ office did not say when the messages were sent to her, but the voicemail may have referred to Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman to be confirmed to the Supreme Court last month. Collins voted for her.

In 2018, a letter claiming to contain ricin led to a full biohazard response by first responders to his home.

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A woman was sentenced to 30 months in prison for sending Collins white powder and claiming it was anthrax in a separate incident. This letter was intercepted before it reached his home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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