On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis put his signature on a measure that makes it illegal to engage in “picketing and demonstrating” in front of private property.
The announcement comes in the wake of a spate of demonstrations about abortion rights, the majority of which took place outside the neighbourhoods and houses of various MPs.
Intentionally harassing or disturbing someone at their house while participating in a protest is considered a misdemeanour of the second degree and is punishable by law.
Those who break the law risk spending up to a month in prison and a fine of up to $500.
The Republican governor of Florida stated that the new law will prohibit rallies in the state similar to ones that were held by pro-choice activists in front of the houses of United States Supreme Court justices in the suburbs of Washington, District of Columbia.
After continued protests were staged outside the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Justice Samuel Alito, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a directive to the United States Marshals Service to provide additional support. This came after the Attorney General issued the directive.
“It is improper to send disorderly mobs to private dwellings as we have seen with the furious crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court judges,” DeSantis said in a statement on Monday.
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“We have seen angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices.” “I am happy to sign this bill into law since it will give safety to individuals who live in residential areas,” the president said. “
The measure comes as politicians from both parties, Republicans and Democrats, continue to argue over whether or not it is acceptable to demonstrate directly outside the houses of judges.
As a result of the leaking of a Supreme Court majority draught, which suggests that the historic abortion judgement Roe v. Wade would be reversed, protesters all throughout the country have resumed their demonstrations.
The new law in Florida is slated to go into effect on October 1st.