Women’s rights teams have raised issues that Amy Coney Barrett will limit abortion entry within the United States.
Women and their supporters are rallying in Washington, DC, and throughout the United States on Saturday as a part of a Women’s March in opposition to President Donald Trump’s current nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.
Speaking to a crowd gathered at Freedom Plaza within the US capital, Rachel O’Leary Carmona, the Women’s March government director, mentioned greater than 400 comparable protests have been organised throughout the nation.
“When we come together, when we take the streets, when we vote, women are the single most powerful political force in America, and there is nothing – not one thing – that Donald Trump can do to stop us,” she mentioned.
The crowd in Washington, DC – most of whom wore masks because of the COVID-19 pandemic – deliberate to march to the US Capitol and US Supreme Court buildings, native media reported.
It was the second occasion organised by the Women’s March this yr after 1000’s rallied across the nation in January for the fourth annual march.
Several audio system urged demonstrators to vote Trump out of workplace on November 3, and chants of “vote him out!” could possibly be heard throughout the march.
Event organisers additionally burdened the necessity to ship a transparent message of opposition to Barrett and any potential curbs on girls’s rights.
If confirmed, the conservative choose would give the nation’s high court docket a 6-Three conservative majority – and rights teams have mentioned they concern Barrett intends to limit entry to abortion and different civil liberties.
Jasmine Clemons, a affected person advocate at Planned Parenthood, a reproductive healthcare organisation, mentioned she personally “had to overcome far too many obstacles” to have entry to an abortion within the US.
She mentioned she feared Barrett intends to additional constrain abortion entry. “We cannot let [Republican Senator] Mitch McConnell and Trump take away our constitutional rights. That’s why I’m here today,” Clemons informed the group.
“We are here in honour of all the people who have fought for this right, like Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg.”
Republicans within the US Senate have sought to push Barrett’s nomination via earlier than the vote, drawing the ire of Democratic legislators who say the following president ought to determine who fills Ginsburg’s seat on the highest court docket.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has set an October 22 vote on Barrett’s nomination.
Meanwhile, a conservative girls’s group, the Independent Women’s Forum, mentioned it was organising a counterprotest within the US capital on Saturday underneath the slogan, “I’m With Her”, to point out help for Barrett.
“The Women’s March flies under the banner of feminism, but it really isn’t promoting equality or opportunity for women. That’s why these so-called feminists are fighting a highly qualified Supreme Court nominee,” the group mentioned on its web site.