Protesters marched to the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito after the leak of his anti-abortion draft opinion.
The demonstrators then held a candlelight vigil outdoors the residence. About 100 protesters attended the demonstration in Alexandria, Virginia on Monday night.
Stress is rising over the courtroom’s stance on the 1973 landmark resolution, Roe v Wade, which legalized abortion throughout the US – a proper activists fear is in jeopardy.
The leaked draft opinion written by Justice Alito outlining his case for overturning Roe v Wade revealed that there’s a majority on the courtroom for such a transfer.
Justice Alito is the third justice to face demonstrations at his home after the breach of the courtroom’s confidentiality.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts additionally discovered teams of protesters outdoors their non-public residences, prompting criticism from conservatives arguing that the pro-choice activists had gone too far in pressuring the justices at their houses.
It stays unclear if Justice Alito was at home in the course of the Monday evening protest. Demonstrators held indicators with messages equivalent to “Repro Freedom for All” and lit candles on the driveway. They chanted slogans, together with “Our physique, our rights, our proper to determine!” and “Abort the courtroom!”
Republican legislators are divided on if they need to mount a nationwide ban on abortion following the possible overturning of Roe v Wade and the choice is returned to the states.
The choice may very well be overturned as quickly as subsequent month and Democrats within the Senate look possible to fail of their efforts to make their very own push for abortion rights laws.
Pupil Heather-Ann Irons, 22, advised Politico that she, “would hope it motivates folks to the polls”.
However she added that “what’s extra necessary is constructing neighborhood and rising grassroots funds for individuals who really need entry to abortion. There’s solely a lot you are able to do with voting”.
As conservatives grew annoyed by the protests on the houses of the justices, the Senate authorized extra safety funding for the members of the nation’s highest courtroom on Monday.