The Women’s March makes noise on the way to the polls

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Donald Trump’s candidate is a fervent anti-abortion Catholic who generates tension in “pro-choice” activists. Barrett has defended that, if confirmed, his religion will not interfere in the decisions he makes in the highest court of justice. The 48-year-old magistrate belongs to a conservative Christian faith group known as the People of Praise, whose hierarchical roles include “maids.” The denomination has taken hold since 2017, when the series The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the book by Margaret Atwood, was launched. The writer has said that she was inspired by a “different, but similar” group to which the magistrate belongs.

“This episode of The Handmaid’s Tale Sucks,” read on the posters of the women who came out yesterday to protest in Washington. Several wore red capes and white bonnets, like the characters in Atwood’s dystopia, which has become a feminist symbol. Jasmine Clarence of Baltimore heard Barret’s hearings before the Senate Justice Committee this week. “It was clear to me that if they confirm it, it will take away my right to abort,” he said.

The Supreme Court established in 1973 that the Constitution guarantees the right to interrupt a pregnancy. However, during the Trump administration, more and more conservative states have tried to make it difficult to access abortion, with the aim of having the high court pronounce itself again. With Barrett’s potential confirmation, the balance of the nine judges will tip toward the conservatives, something many see as a threat to the fundamental rights of women.

Jennifer Liston-Smith, a member of Planned Parenthood, an organization that offers women with limited resources sexual and reproductive health services, urged thousands of attendees – mostly white women – from one stage to vote on November 3. “We cannot allow this Administration to take away our rights. Republican senators cannot stay in office when they steal Supreme Court seats, “he said.

Judge Ginsburg left in writing before she died that she wanted the next president to choose her replacement, a wish that the White House has ignored. The Senate will vote on Barrett’s confirmation Thursday.

Almost four years ago, just after Trump was elected, millions of protesters took to the streets to protest in the so-called Women’s March. The force with which they started has been diminishing in the streets since then. Rachel Carmona clarifies that they have not disappeared. “We are the ones who ran for the most seats in the 2019 legislative elections and the ones who voted for them to break a representation record.” The more than 429 marches in the 50 states seek to be another impetus for them to return to the polls and make history again.

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