Biggs, Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene want to designate abortion-rights groups as terrorists

Reps. Andy Biggs (left) and Paul Gosar)

By Gregory Svirnovskiy |Arizona Republic

Ruth Sent Us, a loose coalition of pro-abortion activists and volunteers, has gathered its forces near the homes of the six conservative Supreme Court justices ever since the draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked in May.

The protesters work on a schedule. On Mondays, they march through Samuel Alito’s neighborhood. On Wednesdays, they protest in the roads that surround the homes of Brett Kavanaugh and John Roberts, who live within a half mile of each other. Thursdays, they head to Amy Coney Barrett’s street. And on Fridays and Saturdays respectively, they march close to the homes of Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.

They’re often clad in red cloaks and white bonnets, an ode to Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. The demonstrations are always peaceful; protesters sings songs and chant, standing or marching right next to the U.S. marshals and local police officers that have been sent to protect the manicured lawns and affluent neighborhoods of the country’s Supreme Court.

“Hey hey, ho ho, the Christo-fascists got to go,” they chant. “We are not your incubator!”

No accusations of violence have ever been lodged against the activists. Launched in October 2020 after the death of namesake Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the late liberal former justice, the group is classified by Influence Watch as a pro-abortion protest group. 

On Monday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., considered one of the most-extreme Republicans on Capitol Hill, filed a resolution to designate two leftist activist groups, Ruth Sent Us and Jane’s Revenge, as terrorist organizations.

Jane’s Revenge is a shadowy group that made its first foray into the public consciousness in May. In a tweet announcing her measure, Greene listed Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, both Arizona Republicans, as cosponsors. Like Greene, Biggs and Gosar are allies of former President Donald Trump and supporters of his MAGA agenda and baseless claims about the 2020 election. Biggs and Gosar’s actions in the run-up to the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot also have remained under scrutiny.

Greene’s resolution comes after the Supreme Court’s official reversal of the 1973 Roe decision, a ruling that was made public Friday that has inflamed the left and motivated many onto the streets in downtowns and near state capitols.

The Protecting Mothers and Babies from Terrorism Act stands almost zero chance of passing in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

But Barbara Norrander, American politics professor at the University of Arizona, said that isn’t necessarily what Greene is looking for.

“Many times, members introduce bills not because they expect that they will become law but as a means to express their opinions, gain media attention or demonstrate their connection to interest groups or groups of voters,” Norrander said.

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