Abortion activists rallied Sunday in cities across America to demand that Roe v. Wade stand forever and that Brett Kavanaugh not be confirmed as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Key organizers behind the “Unite for Justice” protests were Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the U.S., and NARAL, a radical pro-abortion group that attacks charities that offer free pregnancy and parenting support.
The Seattle Times reports demonstrators in Seattle, Washington chanted and held signs that said “Keep Roe vs. Wade Forever” and “Stop Kavanaugh.”
Roe forever would mean legalized abortion for basically any reason up to birth. The case, along with its companion case Doe v. Bolton, make America one of just seven countries in the world that allows abortions for basically any reason past 20 weeks of pregnancy.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh would swing the high court to a 5-4 conservative majority and open up the possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade and restoring protections to unborn babies.
NARAL, Planned Parenthood and others have labeled Kavanaugh’s nomination a “serious threat” to “women’s right to safe, legal abortion,” while national pro-life leaders have expressed high hopes for Kavanaugh and the future of unborn babies’ rights.
In Austin, Texas, abortion activists at the rally targeted voters ahead of the mid-term elections in an effort to recapture Congress and prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
KVUE reports participants wrote postcards Sunday on the Texas Capitol lawn to be mailed to women who have not voted in the past few elections.
“So I have two daughters and I think this candidate is really detrimental to women’s rights and to the progress we made in this country, so for the first time in 40-plus years, I’m showing up to protest,” said Jay Boulom, who joined the pro-abortion rally.
Celebrity Chelsea Handler and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi promoted the pro-abortion rallies online, Breitbart reports.
“Republicans in Washington desperately want him confirmed. But we must #StopKavanaugh because our lives and all we value is at stake here. #UniteForJustice and join an event near you,” Pelosi wrote Saturday on Twitter.
Other protests were held in Chicago; Los Angeles; Rochester, New York; Minneapolis; and Alexandria, Virginia. Some saw pro-life advocates counter-protesting, including a large, youth-led pro-life rally in Chicago and women with the group Feminists Choosing Life of New York in Rochester, the Monroeco Post reports.
Senate hearings on Kavanaugh’s confirmation are slated to begin in September.
Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. for more than a decade, where he developed an extensive record of protecting religious liberty and enforcing restrictions on abortion. Pro-life leaders believe he would do the same on the Supreme Court.