3 dozen in Fort Wayne protest Kavanaugh’s confirmation to Supreme Court

October 8, 2018

About three dozen protestors gathered today at the Allen County Courthouse to protest the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

With many wearing red paint across their mouths to symbolize what organizers said are “rights and voices being silenced,” participants said they worry Kavanaugh will vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.

“The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh tells every American woman she has no autonomy over her own body and life,” organizer Pluto Brand said in a statement. “The confirmation is a slap in the face for all Americans who truly value justice and will set back civil rights for decades to come.”

Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday as the high court’s 114th justice after a contentious confirmation process that included allegations of sexual assault decades ago and questions about his temperament.

And while those concerns were raised Monday by local protestors, Republicans have countered that the allegations were uncorroborated. Kavanaugh, formerly a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C. circuit, is a well-qualified jurist who clerked for retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, they argue.

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, an Alaska Republican, told the Washington Post after Kavanaugh was confirmed in one of the closest votes in history for a new justice that he believes in the presumption of innocence.

“We do not want a system of guilty until proven innocent in America,” he said.

Local protesters marched to the headquarters of the Allen County Republican Party, where they drew messages in chalk outside the office.

“Kavanope,” one read.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Tuesday.



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