Protesters Organize ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Protest Outside Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s House
Hundreds of protestors have been making their opposition to the leaked SCOTUS majority opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade known by staging demonstrations at the homes of several justices who are reportedly going to vote yes. These have included protests at the homes of Brett Kavanaugh, John Roberts and Samuel Alito, who wrote this draft opinion.
Some of the most visually striking protests occurred Wednesday night at the Virginia home of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, where protestors dressed in costumes from the dystopian series The Handmaid’s Tale, where handmaids in those costumes are forced to carry babies for rich families in an America transformed into a totalitarian fundamentalist state.
Some of the protestors attacked Barrett for her Catholic faith which likely is informing her views on abortion. One sign read “Keep your Rosaries off my ovaries!”
One chilling fact that first came to light when Barrett was being considered for her Supreme Court seat was that she actually held the title of a “handmaid” in the insular Christian community People of Praise. They reportedly changed the title to “women leader” in 2017, and the group has faced heavy scrutiny for teaching that men are the heads of the household as well as spiritual guides for their wives. The group is also publicly anti-LGBT, and several former members who have departed the group said that they were sexually abused as children by members of the People of Praise.