We live in turbulent times. The ruling on the Mississippi case which will effectively neutralize Roe v. Wade and return this country back to an era of back street butchers and flights to Tijuana for abortions, has caused federal law enforcement to look seriously into online threats of violence, which may or may not occur. And the threats are purportedly feared from both sides of the cultural divide. Axios:
Details: The unclassified May 13 memo by DHS’ intelligence arm says threats that followed the leak of a draft opinion — targeting Supreme Court Justices, lawmakers and other public officials, as well as clergy and health care providers — “are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court’s official ruling.”
Context: Abortion-related violence historically has been driven by anti-abortion extremists.
“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 also says.
But the memo warns that this time, extremist acts could come from abortion-rights proponents as well.
I seriously doubt that Democrats are going to grab pitchforks and tiki torches and storm the Supreme Court Building. Demonstrations, yes. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a mass demonstration(s) on the order of the Women’s March on Washington in 2017.
Even before the Supreme Court leak, the Biden administration had made a focus of combatting domestic violent extremism. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has called the issue one of the greatest terrorism–related threats to the U.S.
What’s next: Across the country, regional fusion centers — state-level hubs for communicating threat-related information — are sounding the alarm.
One memo from a Nevada counterterrorism agency raised concerns about the potential impact of the court decision on the the 2022 midterm elections, and safety of election workers.
A similar Virginia fusion center document flags the possibility of doxing and cyber attacks on abortion facilities, as well as violence from non-abortion-related extremists.
Roe v. Wade is the powder keg, no question about that. It is sobering to think that our daughters and granddaughters can grow up in a world where they have less rights than we had. Maybe some new social mechanism will arise to deal with this. I’m thinking, only semi-satirically, of the rise of the hero abortionist, a doctor who is a kind of anti-hero, doing the right thing even though it is illegal.
Or, this may make the Mafia rich. We had a stupid law in Prohibition. Everybody hated it. It didn’t last that long. But before it was repealed, many personal fortunes were made from bootlegging.
Human nature is human nature. What is intrinsically right will eventually be the law of the land, even if it has to be repressed for a while. This we have seen. Marijuana legalization is another example. History has proven time and again that stupid laws eventually drop by the wayside.