Gov. Glenn Youngkin, R-Va., vowed on Friday to protect the Supreme Court justices following the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which swiftly overturned the 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade and its reaffirmation in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992.
“Today’s ruling is a landmark decision for our country,” Youngkin said in an official statement. “While I understand that people across the nation have strong beliefs about this ruling, Virginians must always respect the rule of law and I appeal to their civility on this historic day. Our administration is committed to protecting individuals’ constitutional rights and ensuring Virginians are safe.”
Gov. Youngkin added, “I am in regular contact with the Supreme Court Justices and my administration is in coordination with our mayors, and local and state police to ensure we are ready to take appropriate action if need be. Virginia will not stand for lawlessness or violence.”
According to a report from Just the News, a handful of the Supreme Court justices reside in homes in northern Virginia.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision on Friday effectively returned the issue of abortion to the states. In response, a slate of conservative states in the Union were prepared to immediately ban abortion following the anticipated SCOTUS decision.
RSBN previously reported that at least 13 states, including Texas, Tennessee, and South Dakota, implemented “trigger bans” that will go into effect as soon as possible.
Following the historic decision, pro-abortion supporters protested across the nation. On Friday night, abortion supporters attempted to breach the Arizona State Capitol building, prompting DPS to use teargas to clear the area.
The U.S. Supreme Court justices have been under threat of violence since a draft opinion of their decision in Dobbs v. Jackson was leaked in early May. In fact, a 26-year-old man was indicted in June for attempting to murder Justice Brett Kavanaugh preceding the court’s ruling.
The justices’ homes have also been a target for pro-abortion advocates, who have relentlessly staged protests and demonstrations in the neighborhoods of their private residences.