The far-Left raged across the U.S. Friday night following the Supreme Court ruling earlier in the day that overturned the unconstitutional Roe. v. Wade decision.
The 6-3 decision in Dobbs v.s. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Friday followed the early May leak of a draft opinion indicating which way the justices would rule. That leak prompted protesting across the nation, particularly in Washington, D.C. as well as dozens of attacks and vandalism of pro-life organizations, centers, and churches.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote that Roe and a subsequent case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld Roe, both must be overturned, and the right to allow, deny, or restrict the right to an abortion must reside with states.
Arizona state Senator Kelly Townsend said abortion protesters are holding her and other lawmakers “hostage” inside the Capitol building in Phoenix.
“We are currently there being held hostage inside the Senate building due to members of the public trying to breach our security,” she tweeted. “We smell teargas and the children of one of the members are in the office sobbing with fear. I expect a J24 committee to be created immediately.”
We are currently there being held hostage inside the Senate building due to members of the public trying to breach our security. We smell teargas and the children of one of the members are in the office sobbing with fear. I expect a J24 committee to be created immediately.
— Senator Kelly Townsend 🇺🇸 (@AZKellyT) June 25, 2022
DPS used tear gas and people went running away from the Capitol. People coughing and now DPS is telling people to disperse. Protestors were banging on the Capitol windows @azfamily #Phoenix pic.twitter.com/IZpgOuTDlu
— Michael Raimondi (@mraimonditv) June 25, 2022
In Los Angeles, protesters stormed onto the 110 freeway, shutting down traffic, causing delays, and clashing with law enforcement officials.
“The crowds have dispersed and the flow of traffic has been restored,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. “The tactical alert has been cancelled and we have resumed standard operations. We want to thank the men and women who worked long hours to ensure citizens were able to exercise their 1st Amendment right.”
There’s a clash between police and protesters pic.twitter.com/MUYWarfL4M
— Steve Saldivar (@stevesaldivar) June 25, 2022
Los Angeles: Pro-abortion protesters shut down the freeway & use sticks to attack drivers who won’t stop. #RoeVWade
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) June 25, 2022
They’re throwing fireworks at police in LA.
These are not “protesters”
They are Terrorists.
— Baby Lives Matter Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 25, 2022
In Seattle, a reporter said that he was attacked by far-Left “Antifa” extremists after they spotted him recording their activities.
“I was trying to record Antifa trying to break windows,” Jonathan Choe tweeted. “Then the mutual aid far left activists spotted me and pointed me out. This black bloc group may be most emboldened crew ever. Knocked my phone down but I picked up right away. Had to out run them. I’m ok.”
CHASED: I was trying to record Antifa trying to break windows. Then the mutual aid far left activists spotted me and pointed me out. This black bloc group may be most emboldened crew ever. Knocked my phone down but I picked up right away. Had to out run them. I’m ok. #Seattle pic.twitter.com/j8nfHmNfV9
— Jonathan Choe Journalist (@choeshow) June 25, 2022
Seattle: #Antifa used emergency car window breakers to try to smash glass on buildings during the pro-abortion protest. Notice the NLG legal representative in green marching with them. pic.twitter.com/vvI7cuXRn1
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) June 25, 2022
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned in an intelligence brief on Friday that domestic terrorists could launch attacks due to the ruling from the nation’s highest court.
The announcement comes after a Left-wing extremist was arrested outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh earlier this month for allegedly trying to assassinate him and after more than 20 pregnancy resource centers and offices of pro-life groups have been attacked or vandalized in recent weeks.
“Some domestic violent extremists (DVEs) will likely exploit the recent US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe V. Wade to intensify violence against a wide range of targets,” DHS said. “We expect violence could occur for weeks following the release, particularly as DVEs may be mobilized to respond to changes in state laws and ballot measures on abortion stemming from the decision. We base this assessment on an observed increase in violent incidents across the United States following the unauthorized disclosure in May of a draft majority opinion on the case.”
The report said that federal and state government officials, including judges, were the most at risk of being attacked.
“In late May, a network of loosely affiliated suspected violent extremists, known as ‘Jane’s Revenge’—which has been linked to arson attacks against the buildings of ideological opponents—shared a post online encouraging a ‘night of rage’ following the Supreme Court announcement, stating, ‘we need the state to feel our full wrath’ and ‘we need them to be afraid of us,’” the document said. “An individual is now awaiting trial for a plot in June to kill a US Supreme Court Justice in response to the draft opinion. A separate incident in Michigan involved vandalism claimed by ‘Jane’s Revenge’ on a building that houses a US Representative’s campaign office and a pro-life advocacy group.”
The intelligence report also warned that domestic terrorists could potentially violently attack “ideological opponents” at “first amendment protected events.”
“Both reproductive and family advocacy healthcare facilities likely will continue to remain primary targets for criminal incidents, and violence could escalate against these facilities or personnel,” the report said. “Faith-based organizations across the United States continue to report numerous criminal incidents against religious institutions connected to abortion rights. We are aware of at least 11 incidents of vandalism threatening violence targeting religious facilities perceived as being opposed to abortion, and one threat to ‘bomb’ and ‘burn’ a church in New York. These incidents of vandalism against faith-based organizations could indicate future targets of DVE attacks.”
Mary Margaret Olohan contributed to this report.