Online meeting footage obtained by the Epoch Times revealed that activist group Shut Down D.C. plans on blocking access to the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 13 in protest of possibly overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade case.
The group is planning on sealing off all three vehicle entrances to the Court to keep the justices from getting in.
A video slide read that their goal “is to create a decision dilemma, presenting the court, Congress, and law enforcement (and the political leaders that oversee them) with three unacceptable (to them) options.” (Related: FULL LIST: Pro-abortion vandalism, church storming over possibility Roe v. Wade will fall.)
The group’s presentation said that it would either stop the Supreme Court justices from entering the court; “continue to escalate the crisis in democracy” by making the police remove the demonstrators by force; or make the government implement its demands.
These protests are in response to the leaked Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson draft opinion that suggests the court may overturn the Roe v. Wade case. This new decision could allow states to make their own laws on abortion.
This brought a lot of anger, and protesters have demonstrated outside the Supreme Court for weeks. In a memo last month, the Department of Homeland Security‘s intelligence arm warned of a sharp rise in threats to the High Court. Law enforcement also started investigating violent threats from pro-abortion extremists against the members of the Court, including the Court building itself.
The group will be blocking access to the Court’s underground parking garage, which serves as the primary entry and exit point for employees and justices.
This plan calls for demonstrators to obstruct two points near the Court on the 2nd Street and a third on A Street, which bisects 2nd Street directly behind the court building. The A Street is a residential area, but 2nd street is a commuter thoroughfare.
Shut Down D.C. had also planned a rally in front of the Court on First Street, which lies between the U.S. Capitol and the Court’s marble plaza. Organizers described the location as “low-risk,” which contrasts with the blockade posts where they anticipate arrests and skirmishes to happen.
“It’s possible we will see many different law enforcement agencies, as we’ve become used to,” one of the organizers said.
Several agencies have jurisdiction over the area, including the Capitol Police and Washington’s Metropolitan police department.
The organizers acknowledged that their goal is to massively disrupt the Court. “We may talk about some action ideas that stretch the bounds of constitutionally protected speech,” one said during the online meeting.
Another advised fellow protesters to be careful in what they say. “There can be people on any big call who might not have great intentions, so if there is something that you might not want to be seen on Fox News or any of the conservative news channels, you might not want to say it on this call,” she said.
If the planning meeting’s attendance was any indication, at least 60 people will take part in the court blockade. Activists at the online meeting also suggested ways to block the court’s three entrances, including mass sit-ins, “big art,” a “lockdown,” a “dance party,” a “people’s assembly” on the streets and a rally.
The prospect of overturning Roe v. Wade has sparked discussions about abortion access on the state level, where legislators would have substantial power to limit abortion rights.
An analysis found that 23 states have laws in place to limit abortions, including 13 that have “trigger bans,” which are designed to almost immediately enact near-total bans on abortion.
In case the decision of the Justices on June 13 does overturn the Roe v. Wade case, 16 states and the Washington, D.C. are expected to protect abortion access under state law by at least guaranteeing the right to get an abortion up to a certain point in a pregnancy. These states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
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