Pro-abortion group targets Justice Amy Coney Barrett, family in latest escalation of SCOTUS protests

In the wake of a foiled assassination plot against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, pro-abortion activists from the group Ruth Sent Us have apparently decided to up the ante by hinting that Justice Amy Coney Barrett and her family are also squarely in their sights, as Fox News reports.

The left-wing protest organization, which already gained the odious distinction of having published the home addresses of the high court’s conservative jurists, in the wake of a leaked draft opinion suggesting the imminent reversal of Roe v. Wade, has now called for demonstrations at Barrett’s church as well as the home she shares with her husband and seven children.

Barrett family targeted

Last week, Ruth Sent Us issued a call for protesters to mobilize at Barrett’s residence as well as her place of worship in an attempt to speak out against what they expect to be her vote to overturn Roe.

“If you’re in the D.C. metro area, join us. Our protests at Barrett’s home moved the needle to this coverage,” the organization told supporters, also providing information about the family’s daily routine and the name of the school where the justice’s children are enrolled.

“Falls Church is a People of Praise stronghold,” a posting on Twitter from the group read, referencing the Christian community with which Barrett has long been involved. “[Barrett] sends her seven kids to a People of Praise school that she sat on the Board of Directors for. She attends church DAILY,” the group added, telling members that they should “voice [their] anger” by appearing on site.

Garland under fire

The deafening silence from Attorney General Merrick Garland and his Justice Department in the wake of the recent escalation in threatening rhetoric against conservative justices has drawn the ire of many in recent days, but thus far, it has sparked little in the way enforcement via federal statutes designed for the jurists’ protection.

The Biden administration arguably contributed to the frightening tone being taken by pro-abortion activists starting last month when then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not condemn protests at the justices’ homes, but encouraged “people to keep it peaceful” and said, “I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest.”

That was not the first time a prominent Democrat seemed to turn a willful blind eye to the type of rhetoric that likely fueled the attempt on Kavanaugh’s life, as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made an implicit threat against any justices who would dare rule against a pro-abortion agenda, doing so on the steps of the Supreme Court back in March of 2020.

“I wanna tell you Gorsuch, I wanna tell you Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwhind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” Schumer railed menacingly.

Pleas ignored

In light of the Democrats’ apparent disinterest in helping protect justices on the high court with whom they may politically disagree, last month, two Republican governors and many more state attorneys general wrote to Garland to demand that he enforce existing federal law meant to keep those jurists safe amid mounting unrest near their homes and families, as The Hill noted at the time.

Governors Larry Hogan (R-MD) and Glenn Younkin (R-VA) joined those who have cited the section of the United States Code that provides for an individual to be fined, imprisoned, or both of the “with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades…in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer.”

Former Supreme Court law clerk Mike Davis also urged Garland to act, saying last month that “[h]e needs to make a very strong public denouncement of this,” adding that if the attorney general and other federal law enforcement officials failed to act, it would amount to “a dereliction of their duty,” and, sadly, as evidenced by the increasing threats of harm aimed at Kavanaugh and now Barrett, that is exactly what has transpired.

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