Confirmation hearings began yesterday for President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh. The proceedings quickly heated up, covering gun control and whether or not Kavanaugh would be sympathetic to Trump should the Mueller investigation indict the sitting president.
But perhaps the biggest issue is whether or not Kavanaugh would try to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) told Kavanaugh he could refuse to answer questions about a specific case, calling it “unfair and unethical.”
It’s my advice to him to follow the example set by Judge Ginsburg… a nominee should offer no hints, no forecasts, no views.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) cited a dissent in which Kavanaugh openly expressed his views against abortion. The abortion debate has sparked particular outrage among those who oppose Kavanaugh, and protesters showed up to the Senate yesterday to make their opinions known. But they didn’t have to say anything to make their point.
Check them out.
Women protest Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to SCOTUS over Roe v. Wade in handmaids tale costumes pic.twitter.com/MRR1EMKcGz
— Alexandra Limon (@AlexLimonNews) September 4, 2018
Yes, the women marched into the Senate wearing Handmaid’s Tale costumes to make it clear the government has no right to govern women’s bodies and, more specifically, their right to choose.
Though words were not necessary, they did carry a flyer that spelled out their message.
Their statement: “We believe in a world where women control their futures and all women can choose whether, when and how to raise thriving families.” pic.twitter.com/ho2jyflmtz
— Lydia Wheeler (@WheelerLydia) September 4, 2018
The flyer listed multiple points regarding what they believe Kavanaugh will do as a Supreme Court Justice.
They concluded their message with:
We believe in a world where women control their futures and all women can choose whether, when and how to raise thriving families. That is why we are protesting today.
People on social media also share their fears.
When women do not have control over their bodies but instead the gov does. The gov cannot only make abortion illegal but it has the ability to force abortions as well. This is a slippery slope. #MyBodyMyUterus #GovHasNoBusinessInMyUterus
— Danielle (@Danielle1239) September 4, 2018
The greenest of green lights to overturn Roe v Wade. Absolutely awful by @LindseyGrahamSC
— Fred Zeppelin (@lotta_luv1) September 2, 2018
Today, the GOP-controlled Senate will begin hearings to confirm the least popular #SCOTUS pick in history.
— Rep. Athena Salman (@AthenaSalman) September 4, 2018
The year is 2018 … A group of men “still” have the ability to decide or reverse a decision of what a woman can or can not do with HER OWN BODY … I can’t believe this is even a discussion … LADIES WAKE UP!!! “YOU” need to represent here like never before and counter sue!
— SVS (@MuseThis) September 2, 2018
No. It is not. Everyone KNOWS he would overturn it.
— Tracy NULLIFY THE 2016 ELECTION – DO-OVER! Singer (@lasinger711) September 5, 2018
Others commended the women for their witty and highly visual means of protesting.
An amazing design from an amazing designer which speaks volume in today’s Supreme Court hearing.
— FG (@fggateau) September 4, 2018
Just recently read The Handmaids Tale. Had I read when it came out would have thought “interesting piece of fiction “. Now I think “holy crap, this could happen “.
— michelle singer (@michellesinge12) September 4, 2018
Spot on & Brilliant
— Jen (@LuckyJenJen) September 4, 2018
— Juan (@JrgLaw) September 4, 2018
Many more people should be there to support them. If you can get there please hurry and let your voice be heard. This hearing should not be taking place.
— Lovina Box (@lovinabox) September 4, 2018
I love you people! Keep it up. Time’s are scary
— Cindi White (@Cinday144) September 4, 2018
Call your senators at 1-844-778-3056 so they know you want to #StopKavanaugh.