The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that will provide additional security for family members of U.S. Supreme Court Justices. U.S. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, who introduced the bill, called the piece of legislation an “unfortunate necessity” amid growing concerns that the court may open the door for abortion to be banned across the country.
“We must act to ensure Justices and their families are protected from those who wish to cause them harm by extending Supreme Court police security to family members,” U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas said, according to NBC News.
“Millions of Americans who tuned into Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing couldn’t miss seeing her husband and daughter on national TV. If the families of Supreme Court Justices have the same profile and exposure as the highest ranking officials in our government, they deserve the same level of protection,” Coons added.
The security details is described as similar to that of “protections for family members of certain executive and legislative branch officials.” It is unclear when these protections would go into place and how long they would last.