A woman is facing backlash for her ‘backwards’ and ‘misdirected’ protest after announcing she refused to serve jury duty due to her ’emotional distress’ over the reversal of Roe v. Wade.
Alyssa Wolfe, who is known as @eatwithlys on TikTok, detailed her scathing response to her recent jury summons in a now-viral video days after the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 ruling that made abortion legal at the federal level.
‘I was summoned for jury duty,’ she explained in the on-screen text. ‘As a woman in my 20s, this is what I had to say…am I wrong though?’
Alyssa Wolfe, who is known as @eatwithlys on TikTok, revealed in a now-viral video that she refused to serve jury duty due to her ’emotional distress’ over the reversal of Roe v. Wade
She shared a screenshot of the email she allegedly sent stating she no longer feels comfortable serving her country
The footage then cut to a screenshot of the email she allegedly sent to the jury coordinator saying she won’t be serving jury duty from July 18 to July 22.
‘I will NOT be attending jury duty,’ the message said. ‘In light of ROE V WADE and other basic human rights continuing to be taken, I no longer live in a country that serves me. Therefore, I do NOT feel comfortable serving it.
‘Being part of the jury service at this time would put me in extreme emotional distress,’ she continued. ‘Not to mention my opinions would be completely biased. I hope you understand and are able to find another United States citizen that is actually proud to be such.’
At the end of the video, Wolfe added: ‘Stay tuned to see if I’m held in contempt.’ She also stated in the caption that ‘this is the saddest email I’ve ever had to write.’
The video has been viewed more than 2.6 million times in less than a week and has received thousands of comments.
However, a number of people, including those who are against Roe v. Wade being overturned, felt her protest was doing more harm than good.
On June 24, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to strike down the historic ruling that permitted abortions during the first two trimesters of pregnancy in the U.S. for nearly half a century.
At least 26 states in total are expected to enact partial or total bans on abortion, with Democrat-run areas offering to act as ‘sanctuaries’ for women from states where bans have been imposed to come and receive free terminations.
A number of viewers, including those who are against Roe v. Wade being overturned, felt her protest was doing more harm than good
Some states have already proceeded with plans to band abortion, including Florida, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Georgia, Iowa, and South Carolina, while other state officials are attempting to reestablish the right to the procedure.
Many critics argued in the comments of Wolfe’s video that it’s more important than ever for liberals to have a voice in the courtroom to defend marginalized groups, including women in states with abortion bans or restrictive laws.
‘We need to be in those seats and using our voices! Don’t remove yourself from spaces where you could make the change you’re wanting to see!’ one person wrote.
‘I completely understand, I am protesting in my own ways, but I needed someone like you in the jury when I had my SA trial. Your voice matters here,’ someone else commented.
Another added: ‘Good in theory but imagine if this was a case in which a woman was being tried for an abortion. We need liberal POV!’
In a follow-up video, Wolfe hit back at a commenter who minimalized the dangerous effect the reversal of Roe v. Wade will have on women
Wolfe explained in the on-screen text that Roe v. Wade is ‘about the constitutional right to privacy’
She noted that now Roe v. Wade had been overturned, other rights are at risk, including the right to contraception and the right to personal control of medical treatment
Wolfe also combatted comments from viewers who minimalized the dangerous effect the reversal of Roe v. Wade will have on women.
In a follow-up clip, she responded to someone who mocked her stance, writing: ‘It’s pathetic… truly… “Emotionally distressed” because you have to be responsible about [your] sex life? Please…’
Wolfe explained in the on-screen text that ‘ROE V. WADE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THIS! It’s about the constitutional right to privacy.’
She noted that now Roe v. Wade had been overturned, other rights are at risk, including the right to contraception, the right to marry, and the right to personal control of medical treatment.
In her bio, she shared a link to the National Women’s Law Center’s fact sheet about the constitutional importance of Roe v. Wade and the right to privacy to educate others.