WASHINGTON — For over 40 years, the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision has allowed women to access abortion legally. With Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination as a Supreme Court justice, women fear this right might be taken away.
On Aug. 15, a group of women activists and leaders stopped in Washington on their Rise Up For Roe tour to outline what is at stake with the nomination of Kavanaugh.
“This is about a man who is trying to tell us what we can do with our bodies,” said Brittany Packnett, vice president of aational community at Teach For America.
The free event featured conversations by feminist activists including Packnett, Lauren Duca, Symone Sanders and Jess McIntosh. The special guest for the night was New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who encouraged audience members to reach out to their senators and become a powerful force for justice.
“This has to be a 50-state strategy where every person is going to feel the heat of your anger, of your fear, of your outrage and of your constiutional rights,” said Gillibrand. “Do not let this battle pass without fighting to the very end.”
The tour group is expected to host several more live shows before the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanugh begin on Sept. 4.