Rioters in Portland, Oregon, smashed windows and spray-painted graffiti to protest the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, echoing similar protests across the United States.
The crowd swelled to about 100 people as they marched through the downtown area, destroying and vandalizing property. “Death to SCOTUS” and “Abort the court” were some of the messages that were left by the protesters. Portland police were aware of the situation, but reports claim they did not have enough resources to respond.
The unrest continued Saturday, showing no signs of slowing down. From Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles liberal groups continue to voice their displeasure with the court’s ruling. In Virginia, the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center was vandalized with the words “If abortion ain’t safe, you ain’t safe” spray-painted on the center. Militant pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge claimed credit for the attack.
Even before the ruling, Pro-Life centers were being terrorized due to a leaked version of the opinion that began the destruction of property the nation has been witnessing. In response, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene sponsored a bill in congress called the Protecting Mothers and Babies from Terrorism Act mere days before the court released the formal opinion. The Act attempts to designate groups like Jane’s Revenge and Ruth Sent Us as domestic terrorists.
Although it is unknown how long the unrest will last, Democrats are betting that the anger from the left will energize the electorate in the coming elections. If the protests continue to be violent or escalate in severity, it could backfire. With pro-choice activists putting the home addresses of conservative court justices on social media, violence against authors of the opinion is a real possibility. If a member of the court was injured or killed, public opinion would likely turn against the protestors.
Regardless of what happens over the summer, the court’s decision surely will have an impact on the upcoming elections.