Josh Hawley demands action on pro-abortion vandalism and intimidation

Last week’s revelation that the Supreme Court appears ready to overturn Roe v. Wade has led to outrage on the left, with pro-abortion mobs targeting the homes of conservative justices.

Those actions violate federal law, and one Republican lawmaker is demanding the prosecution of those responsible. 

“The First Amendment is no shield”

According to Fox News, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland which called for an investigation into the “flagrantly illegal” demonstrations.

“This conduct has only one purpose: intimidation,” Hawley wrote, adding, “The First Amendment is no shield to this illegal conduct.”

“Federal law makes it a crime for a person, ‘with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty,’ to ‘picket[] or parade[] … in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge,” He continued, citing 18 U.S.C. §1507.

“And,” he added, “the Supreme Court already upheld a statute similar to this one, stressing that these laws are critical to democracy.”

“Those upset by the leaks have plenty of places to protest that do not involve intimidation and do not place the Justices and their families at risk,” the Missouri lawmaker went on to state.

In Hawley’s words, the “unlawful picketing by these radical activists” is “nothing less than an attack on the Court itself.”

Churches and pro-life groups attacked

He then pointed to “harrowing reports have arisen in recent days of radical pro-abortion activists attacking pro-life persons and organizations.”

“Anti-religion vandalism in recent days also goes well beyond mere spray paint on doors,” Hawley stated. “One radical organization suggested that its members had already stolen from a Catholic church the holiest of its contents—the Eucharist—and intend to destroy it in an act of gross sacrilege.”

Fox News reported that a pro-life organization in Wisconsin was subjected to an arson attack over the weekend while a conservative women’s group in Virginia had its office vandalized.

“These acts of vandalism are not just hateful; they also clearly violate federal law, which prohibits “intentionally damag[ing] or destroy[ing] the property of a place of religious worship,’” Hawley complained.

 

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