DHS Warns Violent Threats From 'Both Sides' Will Increase After Roe v Wade Decision

Headline Roundup May 18th, 2022

A leaked memo from the Department of Homeland Security has warned that an increase in abortion-related threats of violence could occur if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade.

The offenders who are encouraging violence notably identify with "a broad range of ideologies," according to the authors of the memo. Some of the alleged threats include "burning down" the Supreme Court, abortion clinics and places of worship. The memo also addresses online death threats targeted at "justices and their clerks, members of Congress, and lawful demonstrators." In response to the report, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday that both sides of the political spectrum should be called out when it comes to violence. She also added that President Joe Biden wants Congress to fund increased security for Supreme Court judges "as soon as possible."

Left-rated outlets were more likely to highlight how dozens of online threats that encouraged violence at abortion rights rallies have been reported to authorities. NBC News (Lean Left bias) emphasized how some extremists shared "images and comments of vehicles ramming into lawful protesters." Conversely, some right-rated outlets paired statements from pro-choice groups with warnings of extremist violence. For instance, IJR (Lean Right bias) accentuated how the Women’s March Movement tweeted that "this will be a Summer of Rage across America."

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An internal Department of Homeland Security memo warns about rising threats from abortion rights extremists on both sides after the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, according to a copy of the memo obtained Wednesday by NBC News. 

Axios was the first to report on the details of the memo, which DHS issued last Friday.

Since the draft opinion was published on May 2, the National Capital Region Threat Intelligence Consortium has identified at least 25 violent threats on social media that were referred to law enforcement...

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning of an increase in threats of violence, including against Supreme Court Justices, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, according to a new report.

On Wednesday, NBC News obtained a DHS memo on threats if the nation's highest court goes through with overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed the right for women to get an abortion nationwide. The memo said: "Some of these threats discussed burning down or storming the U.S. Supreme Court and murdering Justices and their clerks, members of Congress, and lawful demonstrators."

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An unclassified memo from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning of the potential for violence after the Supreme Court hands down its decision in a major abortion case.

The memo, which was obtained by Axios and The Hill, was dated May 13 and comes after a leaked draft opinion appears to show the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the landmark abortion case.

The DHS’ Office of Intelligence and Analysis warns that violence could target abortion clinics, houses of worship, or the Supreme Court.

“Some of these threats discussed burning down or storming the...

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