Women’s rights groups have expressed concerns that Amy Coney Barrett will restrict access to abortion in the United States.
Women and their supporters gather in Washington, DC and the United States on Saturday in a women’s march against President Donald Trump’s recent candidate for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.
Addressing a crowd gathered at the Freedom Plaza in the U.S. capital, Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, said more than 400 similar protests were staged across the country.
“When we get together, when we take to the streets, when we vote, women are the most powerful political force in America, and there is nothing – not one thing – that Donald Trump can do for us. stop, ”she said.
Crowds in Washington, DC – most of whom were wearing masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic – were planning to march towards the U.S. Capitol and U.S. Supreme Court buildings, local media reported.
It was the second event organized by the Women’s March this year after thousands have rallied across the country in January for the fourth annual walk.
Several speakers urged protesters to vote Trump out of office on November 3, and chants of “vote him!” could be heard during the walk.
Event organizers also stressed the need to send a clear message of opposition to Barrett and any potential restrictions on women’s rights.
If upheld, the Tory judge would give the country’s highest court a Tory 6-3 majority – and rights groups have said they fear Barrett intends to restrict access to abortion and to other civil liberties.
Jasmine Clemons, a patient advocate with Planned Parenthood, a reproductive health organization, said she personally “had to overcome too many barriers” to access an abortion in the United States.
She said she was concerned Barrett intended to restrict access to abortion further. “We cannot let [Republican Senator] Mitch McConnell and Trump take away our constitutional rights. That’s why I’m here today, ”Clemons told the crowd.
“We are here in honor of all the people who fought for this right, like Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg. “
Republicans in the U.S. Senate have sought to pass Barrett’s nomination ahead of the vote, drawing anger from Democratic lawmakers who say the next president should decide who will occupy Ginsburg’s superior court seat.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a vote of October 22 on Barrett’s appointment.
Meanwhile, a conservative women’s group, the Independent Women’s Forum, said it was holding a counter-test in the US capital on Saturday under the slogan “I’m With Her,” to show its support for Barrett.
“The Women’s March flies under the banner of feminism, but it really does not promote equality or opportunities for women. This is why these so-called feminists are fighting against a highly qualified candidate for the Supreme Court, ”the group said on its website.