Homeland Security Prepares for Violence After Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

Abortion advocates stage a protest outside Associated Justice Samuel Alito's house on May 09, 2022, in Alexandria, Va. / Getty Images
May 18, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security is preparing for a wave of violence following the release of the Supreme Court's decision in a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, according to a department memo obtained by Axios.

The memo, released May 13, raised alarm over threats to Supreme Court justices and lawmakers following Politico's report indicating the Court may eliminate abortion rights in its imminent decision on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health case. The memo suggested those threats could increase after the Court issues its official ruling.

While it warned of the potential for violent extremist acts from abortion-rights proponents in response to the ruling, DHS also said there was some threat of racist pro-life extremism, Axios reported.

After Politico this month released a Supreme Court draft ruling overturning Roe, abortion-rights activists targeted conservative justices, protesting outside their homes and raising concerns about violence against members of the Court.

The Washington Free Beacon reported last week that House Democrats have stalled bipartisan legislation that would boost security for justices and the Supreme Court building.