A website has been launched by pro-abortion activists that lists the addresses of six US Supreme Court justices. They have urged others to join them in protesting. Launched on Wednesday, the website “Ruth Sent us” invites would-be activists to contact the organizers to join in picketing the justices’ homes and even offers “Stipends” for those who want to get paid to create art skewering the so-called “Six extremeists.”
“Our extremist Supreme Court of 6-3 often issues rulings which harm women, racial minority groups, LGBTQ+, immigrant rights, and other human rights,” the site declares. “It is time to use a variety of strategies to demand accountability.”
Those interested in joining or leading a “Peaceful protest” outside the homes of the “six extremist justices” are invited to “Let us know.”
RSU takes its name from the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died of cancer in 2020 and who – according to the website, at least – believed that “women deserve trust, black lives matter, love is love,” and “no human is illegal.”
The individuals behind Ruthsent.us have apparently opted to remain anonymous, hiding behind a Twitter account that dates from 2017. It was created almost two weeks ago.
This current version was created as a reaction to a Supreme Court Draft opinion that Justice Sam Alito had written. It would have overturned Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood v. Casey and other key federal legal decisions affirming and declaring abortion part of a constitutional privacy right. The opinion was leaked earlier this week, and while the responsible party has not been found, Chief Justice John Roberts verified its authenticity and promised to find out how the breach – which he condemned a “Betrayal to the court’s confidences” – occurred.
While the Supreme Court has yet to officially rule on the case Justice Alito’s draft was referring to, abortion rights activists fear the conservative-leaning court actually plans to follow through with throwing out Roe, long a dream of conservative judges and politicians.
Democrats alternately celebrated Ginsburg’s activism with critiquing her for not resigning during Obama’s administration. This would have allowed for a similar-minded replacement at the bench. At 87 years old, she died on September 2020. Donald Trump could nominate Justice Amy Coney Barrett to be her replacement and had her confirmed just before the 2020 election.
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Ginsburg supported abortion rights strongly, but cautioned against adopting them through comprehensive legislation. Instead of relying solely on one 1973 court case that could be targeted for repeal, Ginsburg argued that comprehensive legislation was better than relying only on that decision. During a talk on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Ginsburg predicted that the effect of its repeal would be limited to poor women in “anti-choice” states, reasoning that liberal states would never allow abortion to be banned and wealthy women could always travel to those states – or out of the country if need be – if they wanted the procedure done.
Just as Ginsburg predicted, with abortion now hanging in the balance, ‘red states’ such as Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona have led the way toward banning it on their territory, while “blue” California, New York, Connecticut, and the ultra-liberal northern US neighbor Canada have set themselves up as abortion “State of sanctuary.”
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