The Senate on Monday fast-tracked and passed a bipartisan bill that would add security protection to immediate family members of the Supreme Court justices following the Roe v. Wade opinion leak.
The bill was passed with a procedure known as “unanimous consent,” meaning no debate, motions or other formalities were required for it to pass, Just the News reports.
The passage comes amid ongoing demonstrations by pro-abortion activists outside the homes of several Supreme Court Justices after the leaked opinion.
The measure now heads to the House, in which it is also expected to pass.
The Supreme Court Police Parity Act was introduced by Sens. John Cornyn and Chris Coons.
“The events of the past week have intensified the focus on Supreme Court Justices’ families, who are unfortunately facing threats to their safety in today’s increasingly polarized political climate,” Cornyn said Monday. “We must act to ensure Justices and their families are protected from those who wish to cause them harm by extending Supreme Court police security to family members.”
“If the families of Supreme Court Justices have the same profile and exposure as the highest ranking officials in our government, they deserve the same level of protection. We must take threats that come from extremes on both sides of the political spectrum against Supreme Court Justices seriously, and that makes this bill an unfortunate necessity,” Coons said.
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