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Violent Arizona Abortion Protest at the State Capitol

On the evening of Friday, 24 June, thousands protested against SCOTUS overturning Roe v Wade. Some appear to have challenged or breached Arizona Capitol security. Video at end.

On Friday, 24 June 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States released a majority opinion that overturns Roe v Wade. What this means in practice is that the way in which abortion is regulated will be returned to individual states. Some states, presumably deep blue ones, will permit abortion up to the day of birth. Some, such as former Virginia governor Ralph Northam have even hinted at post-birth abortion. In other states abortion will be restricted. According to opinion polls, the American public favors limited abortion with most wanting to set the cut off time at between the 10th and the 20th week of gestation. With modern technology, human fetuses are viable outside the womb from about the 24th week of pregnancy.

Protest turns violent

A picture taken by Republican Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita (shown below) shows heavily armed law enforcement officers defending the Arizona Senate building from violent protesters who apparently tried to enter the building by breaking the glass doors while at the same time seemingly preventing people inside the building from leaving.

Organized by communists and other extremists

Our own press work on the scene shows mostly peaceful protests although some posters seem to proclaim violence, via e.g. the slogan by any means necessary. Chants of no justice, no peace, usually understood to be a call to violence, could also be heard. One of the organizers was the so called Party for Socialism and Liberation, which is apparently a communist organization. In a somewhat distressing display, small children could be seen holding up political signs. In at least one case a small girl displays a sign next to her mother who in turn is holding up a sign containing gross sexual language, see picture below. Also notable is the ability of the radical left to quickly organize large numbers of people to apply pressure. A video showing scenes from the protest can be found below the picture.



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