Demonstrators gather in Rochester to protest Kavanaugh nomination

August 27, 2018 06:46 AM

President Donald Trump's choice to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice is bringing out critics and supporters across the country, including in Rochester.

Protesters came together in Washington Square Park Sunday afternoon over Judge Brett Kavanaugh.


They joined demonstrations in cities across the country as part of the #StopKavanaugh campaign calling on the U.S. Senate to vote against confirming Kavanaugh.

Abortion rights activists, in particular, say they're concerned Kavanaugh could provide the deciding vote to overturn the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

"He is anti-woman, anti-choice, we heard from people who are against gun violence, from farm workers, that he is… his views and his vote on the supreme court would not represent what most people in this country want," explained Barbara Moore of the National Organization for Women. 

Not everyone, however, is opposed to Kavanaugh.

"I am in favor of Kavanagh," Cecelia Hayes with Feminists Choosing Life of New York said. "I oppose Roe v. Wade. I think it's better for the decision of abortion to go back to the states because we would be left with less extreme abortion policy."

New York's Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have already said they'll vote against confirming Kavanaugh.

Before the Senate considers him for the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh expected to go before the Senate for hearings next month.  


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