Residents Rally in New Haven Over SCOTUS Nominee

Emily Archacki
July 11, 2018 - 11:15 am

Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTIC) – Protesters gathered on Elm Street in downtown New Haven Tuesday night, voicing their concerns over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

Protests occurred right outside the steps of New Haven Superior Court, not far from Yale University and Yale Law School where Kavanaugh graduated in 1987 and 1990 respectively.

The demonstration drew supporters of abortion rights, LGBT rights, workers’ rights, healthcare rights and gun rights. Speakers expressed concerns that if Kavanaugh is appointed he could roll back decisions made on any of those rights.

Kavanaugh, who expresses conservative judicial views, is a potential replacement for the frequent swing vote of retiring Judge Anthony Kennedy.

One of the biggest worries from protesters was the potential to overturn the decision of Roe v. Wade. That decision established legalized abortion nationwide in the United States.

Connecticut residents are not the only ones expressing issue with the nomination made by President Donald Trump. Governor Dannel Malloy, and Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have also voiced their opinions as well.

Senator Murphy shared some of his views on Twitter saying, “Brett Kavanaugh is an anti-consumer zealot, an opponent of preexisting condition protections, a critic of abortion rights and access to contraception, a Second Amendment radical, and a bad choice for the Supreme Court. Not a close call. I will vote NO.”