The Department of Homeland Security warned in a memorandum of a possible increase in violence related to the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in a Mississippi case that could redefine Americans’ access to abortion.
“The volume of violent threats directed at 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 before and after the publication of the Court’s decision. official decision,” reads 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 memorandum noted an increase in threats against reproductive health care facilities and social media posts suggesting “burning down or storming the Supreme Court of the United States and assassinating justices and their clerks.” , members of Congress and legal protesters”.
The national abortion debate has been reignited after a majority Supreme Court draft opinion overturning the court’s landmark decision, Roe v. The 50-year-old Wade was published by Politico earlier this month.
“Roe was blatantly wrong from the start,” Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court’s conservative majority, according to Politico.
“It is time to respect the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the elected representatives of the people,” continued Alito.
If the official court ruling follows Alito’s plan, 26 states would have to ban the procedure altogether.
The judgment is expected within the next two months. The case before the court is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, focused on a 2018 Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks. Roe guarantees the right to abortion until a fetus is deemed viable, estimated at 24 weeks.
The project has prompted abortion rights activists to protest the project’s attack on a constitutional right. Protesters gathered outside the homes of Conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts after the leak.
Judge Clarence Thomas denounced the protests, saying the Tories would never use such tactics.
“You would never visit Supreme Court justices’ homes when things weren’t going our way,” Thomas told an audience in Dallas last week. “We didn’t throw tantrums. It is our responsibility to always act appropriately and not to give up.