White House encourages ‘peaceful protests’, won’t tell abortion activists to avoid homes of SCOTUS judges

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The White House on Thursday declined to encourage abortion activists to avoid protesting outside the private residences of Supreme Court justices amid outrage over a leaked draft opinion quashing Roe v. Wade is growing.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden understands and shares the outrage over news that the Supreme Court may vote to overturn Roe, who essentially legalized abortion nationwide. country.

“The president, for all these women, men, others who feel indignant, who are afraid, who feel concerned, he hears them, he shares this concern and this horror that he has seen in this draft opinion”, said PSAKI.

Biden’s direct message to anyone who feels outraged “join a peaceful protest,” Psaki said. “Make sure it’s peaceful. Raise your voice peacefully. We shouldn’t resort to violence in any way.”

Workers assemble non-scalable fencing around the Supreme Court building amid ongoing abortion rights protests on May 4, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Several heated protests took place outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., over the leaking of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that would destroy Roe, prompting police to erect barriers around the building.

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On Thursday, Fox News’ Peter Doocy referred to Biden’s statements earlier this week, calling the “MAGA mob” the “most extreme political organization” in recent history. “Do you think the progressive activists who are now planning protests outside some of the judges’ homes are extreme?” Doocy asked PSAki.

“A peaceful protest, no. A peaceful protest is not extreme,” Psaki said. “We certainly encourage people to stay peaceful and not resort to any level of violence.”

Doocy asked if Biden considers posting the home addresses of judges, some of whom have young children, a peaceful expression of protest.

“The President’s view is that there is a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness, from many, many people across the country about what they saw in this leaked document.” , said PSAKI.

Protesters demonstrate outside the United States Supreme Court Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Protesters demonstrate outside the United States Supreme Court Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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A pro-abortion group is reportedly planning to demonstrate outside the Maryland and Virginia homes of some of the Supreme Court justices. In response to Doocy’s question about whether the president cares about protests near judges’ homes, Psaki refused to discourage any residential protests.

“I don’t have an official US government position on where people are protesting,” Psaki said. “Of course we want it to be peaceful, and the president would certainly want people’s privacy respected. But I think we shouldn’t lose sight here. The reason people are protesting is because women of all the country are worried about their lives, the basic rights that have been the law for 50 years, their rights to make choices about their own bodies and their own health care, are in jeopardy. That’s why people are protesting – they are unhappy, they are afraid.

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PSAki again declined to say whether Biden supports limits on abortion, even up to the time of birth.

President Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

An activist organization called “Ruth Sent Us” – a reference to former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg – has released the apparent home addresses of Justices Amy Coney Barrett, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, and has encouraged peaceful protests.

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“Our extremist 6-3 Supreme Court routinely issues decisions that harm the rights of women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrants,” the group’s website reads. “We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.”

The leaked draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Whole Women’s Health was released by Politico Monday night and says a majority of the court could vote to overturn 50 years of precedent in Roe. However, the draft is not the final opinion, which is expected at the end of June or July, before the end of the current mandate of the Supreme Court.

Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.

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