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Supreme Court justices to receive heightened security after Congress passes new protections

Published in Blog on June 15, 2022 by Brianna Kraemer

Pending Biden’s approval, the nine Supreme Court justices and their families will be given additional security as the expected ruling on the Roe v. Wade abortion case has increased security threats to justices, their families and neighbors.

The Senate unanimously passed the Supreme Court Police Parity Act to provide extra security in May, and the House just passed the measure 396-27 on Tuesday. However, the House wasn’t completely unanimous in their efforts to protect both the pro-life and pro-choice justices. 

Exactly 27 Democrats voted against the heightened security, just one week after the attempted assassination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Some Democrats who voted against the bill reportedly wanted additional security for staff and their families as well. 

Opponents to the bill include Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif) – all of which are strong advocates for the Jan. 6 hearings, a result of inadequate security at the U.S. Capitol. 

A House vote on the bill was held off for weeks as Democrats considered modifications, stalling additional security implementation. One of the changes considered would have strengthened security for abortion providers, but Democrats ultimately decided to not move forward with any changes.

“It just begs the question: Why did Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi delay it for over a month?” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) asked.

The bill is now awaiting the signature of President Biden.

While the abortion debate remains an extremely heated topic in America, the lives of our nation’s most notable justices should never be put at risk due to a political topic. Despite the almost unanimous support, there are still some who see the it as political. Our justices are there to serve the people, and partisan politics have become so divisive that it is putting their lives at risk.

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