The Department of Homeland Security warned in a memo of a possible spike in violence related to the upcoming Supreme Court decision in a Mississippi case that could redefine Americans’ access to abortion.
“The volume of violent threats against Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, other public officials, clergy, health care officials and providers, and others associated with the abortion debate is likely to persist and increase sooner. and after the issuance of the judgment of the Court. official decision,” says the DHS memo, dated May 13, according to CBS News.
The document, titled “Potential Threats to Public Safety in Response to the Abortion Debate,” was distributed to state and local law enforcement agencies across the country, CBS reported.
The memo noted an increase in threats against reproductive health care facilities and social media posts suggesting “burning or storming the Supreme Court of the United States and murdering the judges and their employees, members of Congress, and protesters.” legal”.
The national debate on abortion reignited after Politico earlier this month published a draft majority opinion from the Supreme Court overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade 50 years old.
“Roe was terribly wrong from the start,” Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court’s conservative majority, according to Politico.
“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the abortion issue to the elected representatives of the people,” Alito continued.
If the official court ruling conforms to Alito’s draft, 26 states are poised to ban the procedure outright.
The ruling is expected in the next two months. The case before the court is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, focused on a 2018 Mississippi law that prohibited abortion after 15 weeks. Roe guarantees the right to abortion until a fetus is deemed viable, estimated at 24 weeks.
The draft has prompted abortion rights activists to protest the draft’s attack on a constitutional right. Protesters gathered outside the homes of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts following the leak.
Justice Clarence Thomas denounced the protests, saying Conservatives would never use such tactics.
“You would never visit the homes of Supreme Court justices when things don’t go our way,” Thomas told an audience in Dallas last week. “We didn’t throw tantrums. It is up to us to always act appropriately and not pay an eye for an eye.”