Judge sentences three anti-abortion protesters who interrupted a Supreme Court hearing

Judge sentences three anti-abortion protesters who interrupted a Supreme Court hearing

Judge sentences three anti-abortion protesters who interrupted a Supreme Court hearing

Three women who stopped oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court to protest the ending Roe versus Wade pleaded guilty in federal court

On January 13, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta sentenced the women – Emily Paterson, Rolande Baker, Nikki Enfield – to unsupervised probation until June 30, 2023 and barred them from the Supreme Court grounds.

Their action on November 2, 2021 was the first courtroom protest in nearly seven years, almost five months after the landmark court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which overturned the constitutional right to abortion care and undermined abortion rights in states across the United States.

“I don’t accept what has been done here, but I understand it,” Judge Mehta said, noting “a history of civil disobedience that has changed the fabric of our nation.”

The Supreme Court judges heard oral arguments in an unrelated case Bittner v United States on Wednesday, when Mrs. Paterson called for “denouncement.” Dobbsand told American voters to “remember to vote” in this month’s midterm elections.

Ms Baker shouted that “the right to choose will not be taken away” and urged women to “vote for our right to choose”.

We will restore our freedom of choice,” Ms. Enfield called from inside the courthouse. “Women of America, Vote!”

Every protester was removed from the court by the police and placed in detention.

“Generations of women, including mine, have fought for our right to vote and choose,” according to a written statement from Ms. Baker, identified as a great-grandmother and retired teacher from Tucson, Arizona.

“Now we must use our ballots and our votes to restore our freedom of choice,” she added.

The women were held in custody for approximately 30 hours, according to a federal public defender representing the women, who said they were held in various facilities in “deplorable and shocking conditions.”

They wrote a statement to the judge, asking him to sentence him to imprisonment.

Federal prosecutors, however, asked the judge to sentence the women to 12 months of probation with an order to stay away from the Supreme Court building and surrounding areas.

U.S. Department of Justice attorneys argued that the Supreme Court could not be considered “a kind of ‘open night’.”

“The actions of the defendants have seriously eroded the respect and honor our highest court deserves,” they wrote in the court file. “If such proceedings remained unpunished, the court would quickly cease to be the place where the most important legal disputes in our country were resolved in a mode established to ensure justice, and would become something like an ‘open night’ for citizens to express their personal views.”

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