While we are upset that someone violated their sacred oath and leaked a draft copy of a Supreme Court ruling from February that overturns the horrendous Roe v. Wade ruling from 1973, we are elated that a majority of justices appear ready to do that.
And while we’re also not fans of the illegal protests that have since taken place outside the homes of some of those brave justices, we can’t help but snicker a bit when the tables are turned on abortion advocates like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who earlier this week appeared to encourage more of those illegal protests by simply refusing to condemn them.
According to Fox News on Wednesday, some pro-choice demonstrators showed up at her San Fran mansion to give her a taste of the harassment she has advocated for others:
A small group of pro-choice protesters picketed in front of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco residence, condemning Pelosi and her party as “complicit” in the potential reversal of Roe v. Wade (1973), after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion suggested the Court is on the verge of striking down the abortion precedent.
“We are here because the Democratic Party and the Democrats as a whole have been complicit in this whole thing,” a female protester shouted in a bullhorn.
She and others lined up behind a banner reading “abortion on demand and without apology!” They also carried signs with the faces of the five Republican-appointed Court justices who reportedly supported the draft opinion, with the word “LIAR” over their heads.
She explicitly declared her intention to pressure the Court not to go through with the opinion.
“We are here because this draft decision is what it is, it’s only a draft, and we will protest here, in front of the leadership of the Democratic Party, and in the streets from coast to coast, unceasingly, because we work to keep abortion legal – legal and accessible, not rare,” she said.
She criticized Democratic messaging on the issue dating from the 1990s, singling out then-first lady Hillary Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton, who started the whole thing like abortion should be legal, but rare, as if abortion is a tragedy,” the protester shouted. “We are here to say abortion is a basic right, a basic human right, and without this right, women are basically enslaved. And we will not stand for it.”
She went on to assail Pelosi for saying “years ago, that the Democratic Party was focusing too much on the abortion issue.”
“Speaker Pelosi, this will be your legacy, 35 years of your reign of terror,” he said. “You had a supermajority under [former President] Obama under which this should have been your top priority. Why did you keep this on the table? Because this is your most effective fundraising tool. That’s why.”
After the unprecedented leak that some believe may even have been a violation of federal law, Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed that the draft written by Justice Samuel Alito in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was genuine. The case involves a Mississippi law that bans abortions in that state after 15 weeks.
But since the ruling was initially written in February, there is little doubt that it has since changed somewhat, as rulings tend to do that as opinion authors seek counsel and input from the other justices.
That said, the Washington Post has reported that Alito and the four justices who signed on to his opinion — Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett — have not changed their minds.
There is also this: The ruling, which is not yet official, does not ban abortions; it merely returns the issue to states for them to decide, as was the case before Roe.