- The United States has warned against violence amid protests as the country awaits a US Supreme Court ruling on abortion.
- A ruling was leaked suggesting that the country revoke the right to abortion.
- This inspired widespread protests.
The White House on Monday warned against violence and threats after protests over an impending US Supreme Court ruling on abortion, with a spokesman saying judges “should be able to do their jobs without worrying about their lives.” personal security”.
Press secretary Jen Psaki called for restraint after reports of demonstrations outside the homes of two Supreme Court justices and after a fire at the headquarters of an anti-abortion group in Wisconsin.
The protests follow a draft Supreme Court opinion leaked last week that suggested the conservative-dominated judiciary was poised to overturn abortion rights in the United States.
President Joe Biden “strongly believes in the constitutional right to protest,” Psaki tweeted.
Pro-abortion protesters march in front of the Texas State Capitol.
“But that should never include violence, threats or vandalism. Judges play an incredibly important role in our society and should be able to do their jobs without worrying about their personal safety.”
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Abortion is one of the most divisive and incendiary issues in the United States, and conservatives have been seeking to overturn the Roe v Wade ruling that made the procedure a right since it was issued nearly 50 years ago.
The leak of the draft ruling a week ago reignited a firestorm around the issue. The final ruling is expected to be issued in June.
Dozens of abortion rights protesters rallied outside the Maryland homes of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, one of those leaked as in favor of unseating Roe, and Chief Justice John Roberts over the weekend, US media reported.
Abortion rights activists who support legal access to abortion protest outside the US Supreme Court.
In Wisconsin, arson investigators were investigating a fire Sunday at the headquarters of an anti-abortion group, CBS reported.
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The words “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you” were spray-painted outside the building, according to CBS.
Reproductive rights have been under threat in the United States in recent months as Republican-led states move to tighten restrictions, with some seeking to ban all abortions after six weeks, before many women even know they are doing so. pregnant.
The US Senate will vote Wednesday on a national abortion rights bill, though the process is likely doomed given Republicans’ blocking power in a 100-seat, evenly divided Senate. where key legislation almost always faces a 60-vote threshold.
According to a survey released Friday by the Pew Research Center, about 61 percent of Americans believe that abortion should remain legal in all or most circumstances.