Protests mark beginning of Brett Kavanaugh hearing

It is September 5th, 2018, and as this is being written, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is being questioned by the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. Based on the results of this hearing, the committee will decide whether Kavanaugh will fill the open Justice position in the U.S. Supreme Court — a lifetime position.

Today is the second day of the hearing and is expected to be filled with equally fiery questioning and protests as was the first. Capitol police report having arrested 70 people yesterday for disruptions. Included in the protestors were numerous women dressed in costumes from “The Handmaid’s Tale”  — the HBO show that takes place in a totalitarian, misogynistic dystopia, where young fertile women become the property of the ruling elite, and are subjected to rape by their male masters in order to bear progeny. The protest was meant to draw parallels between the abusive reproduction laws in the show to Kavanaugh’s personal beliefs on women’s reproductive rights, stating: “Brett Kavanaugh is an extremist ideologue who, if confirmed to the Supreme Court, will take away women’s basic rights.”

It is only a few hours into the hearing, to conclude at 6:15pm EST. The morning began with Kavanaugh stating that “no one is above the law in our constitutional system.” But as questioning has continued regarding the necessity of a U.S. president to abide by certain laws, Kavanaugh has refused to give his opinion, saying such scenarios are “hypothetical.”

Kavanaugh’s nomination for Supreme Court Justice has many Democrats nervous, as his confirmation would shift the balance of the court toward a conservative stance. Kavanaugh would replace retiring Anthony Kennedy, who formerly acted as a more moderate swing vote, siding with Democrats on cases relating to Roe v. Wade and LGBT+ rights.

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