Homeland Security Department preparing for violence following Supreme Court abortion ruling, report

A DHS memo shows how the agency is preparing for possible violence in the wake of the decision that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

Updated: May 19, 2022 - 9:20am

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The Homeland Security Department is preparing for a possible surge in violence following the Supreme Court ruling that is expected to overturn Roe v. Wade.

According to a report from Axios, the agency circulated an unclassified memo last week stating that threats targeting Supreme Court justices, politicians, church leaders and some medical practitioners "are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court’s official ruling."

The federal government's recent focus on white supremacy and domestic violence appears apparent in the memo, which also reads, "Some racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists' embrace of pro-life narratives may be linked to the perception of wanting to 'save white children' and 'fight white genocide.' "

However, the memo also appears to make clear that protests led by liberal-leaning, pro-abortion groups could also happen again – following those that followed the leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito that indicated the high court's conservative majority will reverse its 1973 Roe opinion that gives women the constitutional right to an abortion.

"The mere advocacy of political or social positions, political activism, use of strong rhetoric, or generalized philosophic embrace of violent tactics does not constitute domestic violent extremism or illegal activity and is constitutionally protected," reads the memo. 

DHS also said it is committed to continue working with intra-governmental partners, as well as the private sector to communicate timely information to prevent violence and support the efforts of law enforcement to keep American citizens safe.

Across the U.S., regional fusion centers, which are state-level nuclei for transmitting security-related information, are preparing for potential bursts of violence, as well as cyber attacks, and the possible doxing of abortion facility workers.