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Group holds rally to urge Sen. Jones to vote no on Kavanaugh confirmation

A rally was held Sunday at Birmingham’s Railroad Park to urge U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D) to vote “No” on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation.

An estimated 125 people gathered in Birmingham to show just how many Alabamians oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The group claims that Brett Kavanaugh is a threat to health care access, women’s reproductive rights, voting rights, and LGBTQ+ rights.

Sunday’s event coincided with hundreds of other Unite For Justice events across the country. Attendees made signs, heard from speakers like Planned Parenthood Southeast Alabama State Director Katie Glenn, Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates CEO Staci Fox and Black Lives Matter Activist Martez Files. The attendees also enjoyed musical selections from DJ’s Blk Alchemy and DJ Dolly.

Abortion advocates fear that Brett Kavanaugh, a Catholic, could possibly be the deciding vote that could overturn the highly controversial Roe versus Wade Supreme Court ruling that took away the rights of the state legislatures to ban the killing of preborn children.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the country and contributes large amounts of money to Democratic candidates for office.
Kavanaugh would be President Donald J. Trump’s (R) second appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Alabama’s Senator Richard Shelby has expressed support for Kavanaugh; but Senator Jones has been noncommittal on whether or not he will support Kavanaugh. Jones has said that he is keeping an open mind on Kavanaugh and will meet with Kavanaugh after the hearings begin.

Polling indicates that Alabamians support Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Kavanaugh’s appointment beginning on Tuesday.

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Senator Jones has asked for more time to review the documents.

Kavanaugh served twelve years on the federal bench, being appointed by President George W. Bush (R). Kavanaugh served in the Bush Administration. Before that, Kavanaugh worked for special prosecutor Ken Star and the Whitewater investigation which led to President Bill Clinton’s (D) impeachment. Clinton was not found guilty by the Senate.

Democrats in the Senate have tried to obstruct President Trump’s appointees to the court.  To this point sixty Trump appointees to Article III courts have been confirmed, including Supreme Court Neal Gorsuch.  81 Trump nominees are still awaiting confirmations to article III courts.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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