LGBT and Pro-Choice Nightmare on Elm Street
NEW HAVEN, CT – July 11, 2018
As USA Really has already reported, President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has nominated Yale graduate Brett Kavanaugh to join the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh will replace a frequent swing vote on the bench, retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has often sided with his liberal colleagues on issues such as abortion, affirmative action and LGBT rights.
This has sparked widespread outrage across the country to the point where protests are taking place everywhere, including Connecticut.
More than 100 women, most wearing pink and purple shirts, broke out in jubilant cries on the steps of the New Haven County Courthouse, declaring their bodies were their own — and so were their reproductive choices.
“We won’t back down. We have to fight. Abortion is a human right,” they chanted on Tuesday night.
The rally, featuring nearly 15 advocacy and grassroots groups from across the state, was coordinated ahead of Trump’s prime time announcement Monday. It was a rebuttal, organizers said, of the president’s decision to nominate a pro-life justice who will possibly topple Roe v. Wade, which legalized access to abortions in 1973.
Megan Striff-Cave, 16, said her generation will be the most affected by Kavanaugh’s rulings. A volunteer for NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, Striff-Cave said she attended the rally to show women they have a choice when it comes to health care options. “I’m hoping to be a small part of a bigger movement happening everywhere,” she said. “It feels good to do something.”
Amanda Skinner — president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, said pro-choice advocates are particularly alarmed by Kavanaugh’s 2017 dissent in Garza v. Hargan, in which he tried to block a pregnant undocumented teenager from obtaining an abortion. And though Kavanaugh called Roe v. Wade a “binding precedent of the court” in 2006, activists say he’ll follow Trump’s pro-life agenda.
Executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, Sarah Croucher said this is a pivotal moment in history — and one that’s opposed by two-thirds of Americans who support reproductive health care freedoms.
“We want to make sure the voices of the electorate are actually listened to,” Croucher said. “We want to make sure that we lift up the real breadth of things that we care about in Connecticut.”
As she introduced fellow activists, a pro-life group tried to claim the microphone. “We are a pro-life generation, and we will abolish abortion,” they yelled.
Another man repeatedly shouted, “What about the babies?” the Hartford Courant reports.