White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated the Biden administration’s support for the right to protest but said the justices should not feel that their safety is in jeopardy.
And over the weekend, pro-abortion rights protesters gathered outside the private homes of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts in Chevy Chase, Maryland, outside Washington, DC.
“Keep abortion safe and legal,” a few dozen protesters chanted on the street of the tony, tree-lined streets outside the justices’ homes. Many held handmade signs.
“Keep your rosaries off our ovaries,” they said.
Law enforcement officials from the National Fusion Center Association hosted a call Wednesday last with roughly 150 participants to alert state and local partners about demonstrations nationwide that have resulted in some physical confrontations, other possible demonstrations and the uptick of social media chatter, according to familiar sources with the call.
Following the court’s confirmation that the leaked draft opinion was authentic, President Joe Biden condemned it. Psaki also reiterated the White House’s calls for Congress to act to codify women’s reproductive health protections established in Roe v. Wade.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will bring a bill codifying Roe to the floor for a vote on Wednesday. The Senate has already voted once on the Women’s Health Protection Act in March, but it is expected to fail in the Senate again amid widespread Republican opposition to the measure. It does not have the support needed to overcome the 60 vote-threshold needed to pass legislation in the chamber.
CNN’s Whitney Wild, Hannah Sarisohn, Eric Levenson and Daniella Diaz contributed to this report.