About 100 demonstrators protested outside the home of conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice
The protesters chanted “keep abortion safe and legal” and “no uterus, no say” as they marched Monday in the residential Alexandria, Virginia, neighborhood where Alito lives before stopping in front of his home.
Progressive activists said they intend to protest outside the homes of the court’s six conservatives after Politico reported last week that five of them cast preliminary votes to overturn the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
A crowd roughly the same size marched May 7 from Justice
Shortly before the protest began Monday evening, the Senate passed legislation that would extend security protection to the justices’ families.
The Marshal of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court police can currently protect justices, guests of the Supreme Court, and court officers and employees performing official duties. The legislation adds immediate family members of the justices or officers of the court to that list.
“Threats to the physical safety of Supreme Court Justices and their families are disgraceful, and attempts to intimidate and influence the independence of our judiciary cannot be tolerated,” Senator
The bill needs to be passed by the House of Representatives before it’s sent to President
In a Monday morning tweet, White House Press Secretary
A coalition of more than 30 abortion advocacy groups are planning a nationwide day of protests on May 14. Large events are scheduled in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. with protests planned in at least 200 additional cities, including Anchorage, Alaska, and Wilmington, Delaware.
The protest outside of Alito’s home was peaceful, with a mix of men and women chanting loudly while walking in the street that lacked sidewalks, blocking the occasional car. Police accompanied the marchers and several officers stood in front of Alito’s house.
“Abortion is health care,” Lawren Wooten, a 31-year-old medical student and Washington, D.C. resident told the demonstrators. “Abortion bans don’t stop abortions, they stop safe abortions.”
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