Justice Clarence Thomas warned pro-abortion activists that their plans to protest the Supreme Court’s expected overturn of Roe v. Wade will have no effect — because the highest court in the land can’t “be bullied.”
“We are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like,” Thomas said Friday during a judicial conference in Atlanta.
“We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want,” he said. “The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that.”
Thomas, one of the court’s most conservative members, spoke just hours after militant pro-choice activists doxxed him and five other Supreme Court justices over their reported plans to turn abortion law-making over to Congress and state legislatures.
The federal government erected 8-foot non-scalable fences around the courthouse this week, where angry protesters gathered Monday night after a draft opinion suggesting the imminent overturn of the landmark 1973 decision — which declared abortion to be a constitutionally protected right — was leaked to the media.
The unprecedented publication of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion was “absolutely appalling,” Chief Justice John Roberts said Thursday — but it sparked activists to call for the storming of Catholic churches on Mother’s Day and to plan demonstrations outside the justices’ homes.
“What do we do? Fight back!” a large group of protesters chanted in Chicago’s Federal Square Saturday, hoisting signs like “We love abortion” and “Abortion saves lives.”
“We will have abortions forever. I will give abortions forever,” Mary Bowman of the Chicago Women’s Health Center promised the crowd. “Their crusty appointed asses cannot stop us.”