Small groups of protesters appear at the homes of Supreme Court justices to press for Roe v. Wade

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Small groups of protesters arrived at the homes of several Supreme Court justices in Northern Virginia on Saturday night, closing a day of meetings for Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that provided legal protection for most abortions.

Since the leak of a draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health, some activist groups facing their choice have encouraged crowds to protest in front of judges’ houses and a few have answered the call on Saturday night.

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At the homes of Judges Samuel Alito, Amy Comey Barret, Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts, small groups of protesters held placards, chanted, and marched through the suburbs for a few minutes, then left.

Protesters picket near Judge Samuel Alito .'s home

Protesters picket near Judge Samuel Alito .’s home
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“Alito, we can’t sleep and neither can you!” said a group of six protesters who were picketing near Alito’s house around 8 p.m

If Roe v. Wade is overthrown, “we will lose same-sex marriage, we will lose a lot of laws protecting transgender people,” one protester told Fox News Digital.

A draft opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked earlier this month, indicating the Supreme Court has the vote to overturn both Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, another decision that strengthened judicial precedence over access to abortion. .

The draft opinion, which was confirmed by the court as genuine but does not represent the final decision, would effectively return abortion restrictions to states to decide.

Police stationed near Judge Amy Comey Barrett's home

Police stationed near Judge Amy Comey Barrett’s home
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“States’ rights … led us to civil war,” the protester said. “Is that where we want to go, back to the days before the Civil War? That’s what states’ rights are about.”

Another group of six protesters marched around a quiet cul-de-sac near Barrett’s home — where several Fairfax County police officers stood guard — chanting common protest slogans such as “keep abortion safe and legal” and “our bodies, our lives, our rights.” to decide.” The group left after about 12 minutes.

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A larger group of about a dozen marched to Kavanaugh’s home and later to Roberts’s home nearby. “Our rights are not in question,” the group chanted, among other slogans, before leaving after about 10 minutes.

The silent pickets followed more than a week of calls to protest in front of the homes of judges appointed under Republican presidents.

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A group of seven protesters came to Barrett’s house dressed in the red attire of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a feminist dystopian novel and Hulu show in which women are systematically oppressed and raped by men.

Pro-choice protesters marched to the homes of Roberts and Kavanaugh on May 7 and held a “candlelight vigil for Roe v. Wade.”

Saturday’s visits to the judges’ homes followed a day of nationwide protests calling for protection for Roe v Wade.

More than 40 Republicans pushed for a resolution this week condemning protests in front of judges’ houses, noting: federal law that makes it illegal to “post or parade” outside a courthouse or a judge’s residence with the intent to influence a judge… in the performance of his duty.

Republicans called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce that law all week. Garland and the DOJ were initially silent on the matter, but spoke about the protests in a statement Wednesday.

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Attorney General Garland continues to be briefed on security issues related to the Supreme Court and Supreme Court justices, said Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley.

“The Attorney General instructed the US Marshals Service to help ensure the safety of the judges by providing additional support to the Supreme Court Marshal and the Supreme Court Police Department,” the statement added.

Protesters also pecked outside the home of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week.

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