Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is proving yet again why he is the most popular Governor in the country – he protects the rights of his Florida citizens.
The Republican Gov. signed a bill this week, which was sent to him by the Republican-controlled legislature, making it illegal to protest outside a person’s private residence under most circumstances.
“Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” said the governor in signing HB 1571. “This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities and I am glad to sign it into law.”
According to a press release from his office:
Once this law takes effect, law enforcement officers will provide a warning to any person picketing or protesting outside of a dwelling and will make arrests for residential picketing only if the person does not peaceably disperse after the warning. Residential picketing will be punishable as a second-degree misdemeanor.
The bill comes after some of the Supreme Court Justices have been victims of picketing by leftist mobs – who are angry that Roe v. Wade may be overturned this summer after a draft was leaked from Justice Samuel Alito.
If the law is overturned, the question will return to the states and abortion will be illegal in America again on a federal level.
Protesting outside the home of a Supreme Court Justice, a federal judge or other court officers, with the intent to intimidate them because of their opinions, is a federal offense.
The Biden administration of course is doing nothing to protect the Justices and they are refusing to enforce the law.
WTSP10 reported that the legislation signed by DeSantis, was filed earlier this year by Republican Sen. Keith Perry.
“This bill recognizes the right of privacy, safety, and peace that we all deserve in our homes,” Perry said at the time, noting further that the bill still respects the First Amendment because it does not prohibit marches or mobile demonstrations.
Chief Justice John Roberts ordered the high court’s marshal to investigate and bring the perpetrator to justice. The leak was a major violation of trust, necessary for the court to function independently from political interference.
The draft opinion, which is not a final decision, was leaked to POLITICO, which reported:
“The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – that largely maintained the right,” the outlet reported.
In the “Opinion of the Court,” Alito wrote: “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.”
“We, therefore, hold the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives,” he added.