Reacting to the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe V. Wade and Planned Parenthood V. Casey, sending abortion back to the states, pro-abortion protesters planned and advertised a “night of rage” that had people worried about violence and just how far this left-wing temper tantrum would go.
In Washington, and all around the country with the exception of Arizona, however, protests remained largely peaceful and dispersed around 11 p.m. without the violence many in government feared (and some probably wanted).
Before the release of the ruling on Friday, protest groups like Ruth Sent Us called for mass protests and said there would be “No peace for justices” if Roe were overturned.
They threatened to show up at the home of Clarence Thomas and said justices could “move” if they didn’t like the protests.
What actually happened, however, is that the protests outside the Supreme Court remained peaceful and the crowd dispersed before 11 p.m.
Barricades around the Supreme Court building may have sent the strong message that any attempt to replicate January 6 would not be tolerated, and Capitol police were also on hand to give crowds a silent warning to stay peaceful.
Around the country, this scenario of peaceful protests was duplicated in all but one location. Protests that were reportedly smaller than expected stayed peaceful except in Arizona, where lawmakers in the state House said protesters barricaded them inside the building and “held them hostage” until tear gas was used to disperse them.
But Arizona was an outlier as the long-anticipated night of rage dissipated rather quickly and faded into the night. In some areas like New York City, arrests were made that kept violence from spiraling.
Just imagine how different the George Floyd protests might have been if police were as willing to make arrests and do what was necessary to curtail the looting and violence.
Threats and intimidation
Like most of the left’s rhetoric around abortion, the threats of “taking to the streets” were an attempt to intimidate justices from doing exactly what they did–interpret the law by an originalist view of the Constitution and say that abortion was a made-up right that simply didn’t appear there.
Like all rights not specified in the Constitution, laws about abortion should have always and only been made at the state level.
What do residents of states like New York, California and the District of Columbia (which is not a state) have to protest about in regards to abortion anyway? Abortions are going to remain legal there and in lots of other states.
It is just about a 50-50 split between states like Arkansas and Texas, which will be outlawing most or all abortions, and those that will keep it legal to a large degree. But now it is a state decision, which is how it should have been all along.