A pro-abortion group is claiming they’ve been ‘permanently banned’ from TikTok, saying that it happened after they posted a video excoriating the Catholic Church for what it calls ‘enslavement of women.’
The group Ruth Sent Us – in reference to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – announced the ban on a backup TikTok account Saturday.
Ruth Sent Us has caused controversy several times in recent weeks, interrupting church services and organizing crowds to picket homes of current Supreme Court justices.
The group recently doxxed the Washington, D.C.-area addresses of the six conservative Supreme Court Justices and even organized ‘walk-bys’ of their residences this week to protest the impending opinion that will overturn Roe v. Wade.
It’s unclear which post specifically triggered the social media giant’s ban – though a screenshot posted Saturday by a ‘backup’ account run by the group, called ‘Ruth Sent U’ read: ‘Your account was permanently banned due to multiple violations of our Community Guidelines.’
The group’s most recent TikTok video showed activists in red capes, similar to the characters in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, protesting in front of a Catholic church, eventually walking in and disrupting services.
A pro-abortion group is claiming they’ve been ‘permanently banned’ from TikTok, saying that it happened after they posted a video excoriating the Catholic Church for what it calls ‘enslavement of women’
The group Ruth Sent Us – in reference to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – announced the ban on a backup TikTok account Saturday
‘For 2,000 years the Catholic Church has been an institution for the enslavement of women,’ one of the protesters says in the video.
The group also called for protests of the church between May 8 and May 14 and promised to burn the Eucharist served at Catholic mass.
TikTok has yet to respond to requests for comment.
Of the nine-member court’s six conservative members, five reportedly back the bombshell move to rescind abortion protections: Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas.
Gorsuch is Episcopalian, though he was raised Catholic. The other four are Catholic, as is Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative whose position on the opinion has not been reported.
A draft opinion leaked to Politico on Monday revealed five out of the six, Justices Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch, were planning to vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. Chief Justice John Roberts remaining undecided
The group, Ruth Sent Us, released a map last week on their website revealing the alleged addresses of the judges’ homes as they urge activists to show up and protest for ‘Walk-by Wednesday.’
It comes after the draft opinion was leaked to Politico two weeks ago revealing five judges – Justices Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch – were planning to vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. Chief Justice John Roberts remained undecided.
Protests continue around the country, with some planned this week at the homes of the justices.
The nine justices of the Supreme Court met on Thursday – the first time they gathered in person since a draft opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito and published by POLITICO, was leaked earlier this month.
The document revealed the court has voted to strike down the landmark 1973 ruling Rove v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.
Still, Alito’s opinion, which overturns the landmark case that made abortion legal in the country, remains the only circulated draft pending, Politico reported in a follow-up story.
Saturday’s demonstration was not the first time Kavanaugh was targeted at his home because of his stance on abortion. Demonstrators are also pictured above outside his house on Sept. 13, 2021
Protestors held up a sign that read ‘repro freedom for all!’ in front of Justice Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland on Sept. 13, 2021
Protesters outside Kavanaugh’s home were heard loudly chanting: ‘We will not go back!’
Additionally, none of the conservative justices who initially sided with Alito have, to date, switched their votes. And there are no dissenting draft opinions making the rounds from any other justice, including the three liberals on the court.
‘This is the most serious assault on the court, perhaps from within, that the Supreme Court’s ever experienced,’ a person close to the court’s conservatives told Politico. ‘It’s an understatement to say they are heavily, heavily burdened by this.’
The draft opinion could change before the court formally unveils its ruling in the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, at the end of its term in late June or early July.
Many are watching Roberts, wondering what he will do in his role as Chief Justice. Many analysts see this case as the biggest test of his leadership since he took over the position.
He could also try to get one of the other conservative justices to withdraw their support from Alito’s opinion and join him in a more centrist opinion that wouldn’t formally overturn Roe, but would uphold Mississippi’s 15-week cut off for performing most abortions.
That would maintain some federal guarantee of abortion rights.
Overturning Roe, however, would return the abortion issue to the states, letting each one make their own law.
Many are watching John Roberts, wondering what he will do in his role as Chief Justice, and seeing this abortion case as the biggest test of his leadership
Demonstrators in support of reproductive rights march to the justices’ homes in DC last week
Tensions around abortion debate have skyrocketed with protests taking place around nation
Abortion rights have been under threat in recent months as Republican-led states move to tighten rules – with some seeking to ban all abortions after six weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant.
These include Arizona, where the Republican Governor in March signed a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy; and Idaho where the governor signed a six-week abortion ban that allows family members of the fetus to sue providers who perform abortions past that point, similar to a Texas law enacted last year.
Abortion can currently take place until about 24 weeks into pregnancy – though the exact period varies between states. For example, Texas bans abortion after about six weeks but Florida has a 15-week abortion ban.
Five conservative justices, including Kavanaugh, previously backed a law known as the ‘Texas Heartbeat Act’ that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected – which is normally after six weeks and before many women even know they are pregnant.
The law makes no exceptions for rape or incest and allows Texans to report people, including Uber drivers, who help or take women to get abortions. The only exemption is if there is a danger to the woman’s health.
It was dubbed by President Biden as an ‘unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade.’