Just one day after the U.S. Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade, handing the power to make abortion laws back to the states, protests continued outside the Supreme Court building and, later in the evening, outside the homes of Republican-appointed justices.
Two people were arrested at the Supreme Court building by U.S. Capitol Police for destruction of property after they allegedly threw paint over the fence around the building.
In the sweltering afternoon weather, demonstrators who oppose the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson held handmade signs and voiced shock and outrage in a series of interviews with The Epoch Times.
“It feels like being treated as not a full citizen,” said Dina, a protester who held a sign reading “Alito and Thomas Revel in Their Cruelty,” referring to Supreme Court justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.
Sam Goldman, a 35-year-old kindergarten teacher from Philadelphia, called the ruling and the Supreme Court “illegitimate.” She suggested that any abortion bans were akin to “forced motherhood.”
Goldman said she was a co-initiator with riseup4abortionrights.org, which lobbies for “Abortion On Demand & Without Apology!” She addressed the crowd in the rally and expressed outrage over the decision, while saying that President Joe Biden hadn’t said the word “abortion” in 400 days.
Protesters Call to Pack the Court
Numerous protesters encountered by The Epoch Times explicitly advocated packing the Supreme Court with additional justices.
Zoe Warren, 19, a student organizer at the University of Washington from Bethesda, Maryland, said she believes the court should have four more justices to match the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals that now exist.
Ben, a protester who wore a mask while speaking with The Epoch Times, said that he believes the Supreme Court doesn’t fully represent the people. He held a sign reading “Expand the Court” and another sign reading “We Demand Bodily Autonomy.”
“We have a responsibility as a country to make sure that our Supreme Court actually is representative of the people, and right now that’s not the case. There’s like six Supreme Court justices right now that represent a minority of the American people,” he said.
He added that he had been to Black Lives Matter protests and abortion protests in the past, as well as the 2016 Women’s March.
Ben was accompanied by his three-month-old son: “His first protest.”
As the afternoon’s peaceful protest continued, there were hints of possible violence in the evening.
“By the nighttime, it gets a little scarier,” said one anonymous demonstrator.
The Supreme Court voted 6–3 on Friday to uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortion 15 weeks after pregnancy, and voted 5–4 to strike down the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling as well as a 1992 decision known as Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
The Roe v. Wade ruling had for decades enabled abortions up to the 24 weeks of pregnancy nationwide. Meanwhile, the Casey decision had reaffirmed the Roe ruling and prohibited laws that place an “undue burden” on a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion. With the repealing of Roe and Casey, laws pertaining to abortion return to states.
The Guttmacher Institute, a research group, said that 26 of 50 U.S. states are likely or certain to ban most abortions after the Friday decision.
Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.