President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security is preparing for violence to erupt after the Supreme Court issues its anticipated ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, a department memo obtained by Axios revealed Wednesday. The DHS’s concerns stem from a number of social-media threats to murder the justices and their clerks, burn down the Supreme Court building, and target places of worship.
According to Axios, the unclassified memo from the department’s intelligence wing stated that threats of violence – which first began after the Supreme Court’s draft opinion on the matter was leaked – “are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court’s official ruling.”
The memo warned that pro-abortion activists may engage in extremist acts, but noted, “The mere advocacy of political or social positions, political activism, use of strong rhetoric, or generalized philosophic embrace of violent tactics does not constitute domestic violent extremism or illegal activity and is constitutionally protected.”
A DHS spokesperson told Axios that the department “is committed to protecting Americans’ freedom of speech and other civil rights and civil liberties, including the right to peacefully protest.”
“DHS is also committed to working with our partners across every level of government and the private sector to share timely information and intelligence, prevent all forms of violence, and to support law enforcement efforts to keep our communities safe,” the spokesperson said.
Axios also reported that the memo attempted to connect the pro-life movement to white supremacy.
“Some racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists’ embrace of pro-life narratives may be linked to the perception of wanting to ‘save white children’ and ‘fight white genocide,'” the memo stated.
According to the Right to Life of Michigan, nearly 40 percent of all reported abortions in the U.S. in 2019 were performed on black women. Approximately 13 percent of the total population in the U.S. is black. Over 20 million black babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court’s leaked draft opinion that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.”
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” he continued. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
Last week, the Justice Department directed the U.S. Marshals Service to “help ensure” the safety of Supreme Court justices as pro-abortion demonstrators continued protesting outside their private homes in response to a leaked draft opinion.