Pro-abortion protesters dressed as characters from “The Handmaid’s Tale” marched outside Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s home in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Falls Church, Virginia, Wednesday night.
The ongoing protests come on the heels of a statement by the Justice Department announcing increased security for the justices.
“Attorney General [Merrick] Garland continues to be briefed on security matters related to the Supreme Court and Supreme Court justices,” Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said in the written statement. “The attorney general directed the U.S. Marshals Service to help ensure the justices’ safety by providing additional support to the marshal of the Supreme Court and Supreme Court Police.”
State Police were present during the protest at Barrett’s suburban home, fulfilling a promise by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, to increase security for justices who live in his state.
“We have been coordinating with Fairfax County Police, Virginia State Police, and federal authorities to ensure that there isn’t violence. Virginia State Police were closely monitoring, fully coordinated with Fairfax County and near the protests,” tweeted Youngkin on Monday, following the protest at Alito’s house.
It did not appear that Barrett or her family were at the residence during the demonstration Wednesday night.
The protest outside Barrett’s home, and the homes of the other justices, are in response to a leaked draft opinion of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which indicates that the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade and a related case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
The draft opinion, written by Alito, says that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” and “that Roe and Casey must be overruled.”
The Supreme Court has not released a final opinion, but is expected to do so.
The pro-abortion protesters walked around Barrett’s cul-de-sac for about 10 minutes before walking out of her neighborhood.
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