Pro-Abortion Protesters Block Streets Outside Supreme Court as Opinions, Orders Expected

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WASHINGTON—Around 60–100 pro-abortion protesters descended on Washington on June 13 to block streets and make known their opposition to the court’s looming decision on Roe v. Wade.

“Whose courts? Our courts!” some of the protesters chanted, as they held a sign saying “Our Home Is On Fire.”

“We are not your incubator. [expletive] the court and the legislature,” another chant went.

Protesters blocked at least one street outside the court, which is situated near the U.S. Capitol. Both Metropolitan Police Department officers and U.S. Capitol Police officers were standing outside the court, and walls were erected around the building in May.

The protests were organized by activist groups including SCOTUS 6 and Shut Down DC. Protesters have said their intention was to block the entrances of the Supreme Court so justices could not enter.

The protesters threatened an Epoch Times reporter, who has been reporting on their pre-march meetings, including one in which they said they were not against violent actions.

The groups are riled up by the prospect that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that concluded access to abortion is a constitutional right. The decision limited how states can regulate abortion.

A draft ruling leaked in May suggested the court will rule in favor of Mississippi in Dobbs v. Jackson, in effect rolling back the 1973 decision.

It remains unclear when the finalized ruling in the case will be issued, but the court said it would be releasing opinions starting at 10 a.m. on Monday.

The court never announces which cases for which it will make public opinions prior to making the opinions public.

The court is also releasing orders on Monday morning.

Police officers on the ground declined to answer questions about crowd control.

By Jackson Elliott and Zachary Stieber

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