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Ainda as audições preparatórias da confirmação pelo Senado dos EUA do juíz do Supremo, Brett Kavanaugh. Constantes perturbações e interrupções por parte de ativistas na sala de audições, manifestações no exterior por mulheres com trajes da  famosa saga Handmaid's Tale, constantes ataques e debates na imprensa. Em jogo, acima de tudo, o futuro da legislação sobre o aborto nos Estados Unidos.



Shout, Arrest, Repeat. Who Are the Abortion Activists Getting Arrested at the Kavanaugh Hearings?

National   Micaiah Bilger   Sep 6, 2018    

Disruptions, arrests and harassment continued Wednesday during the second day of Senate hearings on the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Several prominent abortion activists were among the 70 protesters arrested Tuesday during the opening hearings, according to the AP. Among them was Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour who was arrested after her screaming interrupted the hearing, WOAI Radio reports. Some of them were even caught getting paid for their protests.

A Politico photo showed another protester being pulled out of the room holding a sign that read “Roe – Yes, Kava – Nope, Codepink.” Another could be heard yelling “Trump’s puppet” as police dragged her away. Police said the 70 face charges of disorderly conduct.

The AP described the hearings thus far as a “shout-and-arrest pattern” with protesters shouting every few minutes to interrupt the hearing before being hauled out by police.

It is not clear how many people were arrested Wednesday. However, there likely will be dozens more. LifeNews observed numerous interruptions Wednesday and protesters being pulled out by police. A National Review reporter observed one protester being removed after interrupting Kavanaugh to scream, “Abortion saved my child’s life.”

Here’s more from the report:

The Capitol Police can’t close the room to the public and can’t keep out people who look like they might disrupt the hearing. So there’s no choice but to let everybody in and wait for them to misbehave before removing them.

The protesters are part of a nationwide campaign to disrupt the confirmation process. A broad coalition of activist groups, including abortion rights groups, gun control organizations and labor unions, has converged on Washington. The demonstrators fear that Kavanaugh’s confirmation would shift the Supreme Court’s balance for years on issues like abortion rights, LGBT freedoms and gun control.

Alison Dreith, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, also was arrested Tuesday during the protest.

“My goal is for this nomination to not go through,” Dreith told reporters. “The stakes have never been higher.”

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Other abortion activists who were arrested included actress Piper Perabo, #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi Sieck and UltraViolet Executive Director Shaunna Thomas, according to The Cut.

“The outcome of this will impact our generation and our children’s generation,” Thomas told the liberal news outlet. “[Kavanaugh] is on the wrong side of the American people, and we know that if we put him on court, he will overturn Roe v. Wade, criminalize abortion, gut the Affordable Care Act, roll back LGBTQ rights, end affirmative action, and chip away at voting rights.”

At one point Tuesday, Kavanaugh’s wife took their young daughters out of the room because of the nastiness of the protesters.

It appears some of the other protesters may have been paid to cause a ruckus at the hearing.

Dr. Tom Schlueter, of Texas, who attended the hearing, said he observed people being given cash as they waited in line for a seat in the Senate hearing room, The Gateway Pundit reports.

“One thing was there were people who had come along… who had a bag of money, and people would hand them a piece of paper, and then they would give them money. So we know money was exchanged for some of the people to be here, just to protest,” Schlueter said.

“There was no depth to what their understanding, they were just here to be a disruption, protesters,” he continued. “They were actually told, we heard them say this, ‘when you go in, we want you to yell, to scream, and even possibly to get arrested.’”

LifeNews has reported other times when pro-abortion groups also appeared to be paying protesters to attend political events.





Hillary Clinton Attacks Brett Kavanaugh on Abortion: “He Will Overturn Roe v. Wade”

National   Micaiah Bilger   Sep 5, 2018   |   12:47PM    Washington, DC

Two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attacked U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Wednesday as Senate hearings on his confirmation continued.

Clinton, who supported a radical pro-abortion agenda during her campaigns, does not like the idea that Kavanaugh could be the fifth conservative justice on the high court and a possible vote on abortion restrictions and the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“If Brett Kavanaugh becomes a Supreme Court justice, will he help gut or overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in America? Yes, of course he will,” Clinton wrote on Twitter.

Clinton continued: “A few weeks before Kavanaugh’s name appeared on President Trump’s short list for a new justice, Kavanaugh praised the dissent in the Roe v. Wade case and called former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist his ‘hero,’ noting that ‘he clearly wanted to overrule Roe.’”

A Democrat, Clinton supports unrestricted abortions for basically any reason up to birth. She also advocated for taxpayer-funded abortions throughout her 2016 campaign, and promised to appoint pro-abortion justices to the Supreme Court if elected.

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Clinton joined the radical pro-abortion group NARAL, Planned Parenthood and others in labeling Kavanaugh a “serious threat” to “women’s right to safe, legal abortion,” while national pro-life leaders have expressed high hopes for Kavanaugh and the future of unborn babies’ rights.

Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. for more than a decade, where he developed an extensive record of protecting religious liberty and enforcing restrictions on abortion. Pro-life leaders believe he would do the same on the Supreme Court.



Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearing Didn’t Change Anything


After a week of political theater in the Senate Judiciary Committee, President Trump’s nominee is back where he started: on his way to the Supreme Court.

Emma Green

Democrats seemed to have one goal throughout the Brett Kavanaugh hearings this week: to catch him in a lie. A steady drumbeat of leaked emails purported to show that he was less than honest in the way he framed his views to senators. Kavanaugh told Dianne Feinstein that Roe v. Wade and subsequent abortion-related cases are “important precedent.” The next day, The New York Times published a “secret email” from 2003 in which Kavanaugh questioned whether “all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since [the] Court can always overrule its precedent.”

Patrick Leahy grilled Kavanaugh about emails “stolen” from a server shared by Republicans and Democrats in the early 2000s, which Kavanaugh apparently received, but denied any involvement in or knowledge of in the past. And Kamala Harris pressed Kavanaugh on whether he had ever discussed Robert Mueller’s investigation with anyone at the firm founded by Trump’s lawyer.

Their attacks did not seem to stick. On abortion, Kavanaugh said he was merely summarizing other legal scholars’ views. On the leaked emails, he appeared confused. And on Mueller, Kavanaugh said he never gave “any winks, hints, forecasts, previews, nothing, about my view as a judge, or how I would rule as a judge” on a potential case about the Russia inquiry.

In the end, none of it may matter. Even before the hearings began, it seemed likely that Republicans had the votes for confirmation, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that he had no doubt “whatsoever” that Kavanaugh would get through. The Senate Judiciary Committee has produced hours and hours of testimony from a judge who will likely serve a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court, attempting to compel a confession about which precedents he’ll keep or overturn right before he is set free to vote however he chooses on any future case. The whole contentious process demonstrated how partisan the Supreme Court nomination process has become, and how little power Congress—and American citizens—has to influence the judiciary.

Throughout the hearings, senators repeatedly came back to the question of precedents: which decisions were correctly or incorrectly decided, and how Kavanaugh would determine what should be overturned. Among the Democrats on the committee, the focus was on abortion, LGBT rights, and race. Feinstein was one of several senators who asked Kavanaugh repeatedly about his views on Roe, and the 1992 follow-up case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Harris brought up the Supreme Court’s 1889 decision on Chinese exclusion from the United States, asking Kavanaugh whether Congress or the president can ban entry into the country on the basis of race. “That was just in litigation,” Kavanaugh replied, refusing to give an answer “as a matter of independence.” Cory Booker asked Kavanaugh about his opinion on the right to same-sex marriage, established in the 2015 case Obergefell v. Hodges. He refused to share his personal views, answering instead, “The law of the land protects that right, as dictated by the Supreme Court.”

Kavanaugh followed what has now become a time-honored tradition of Court nominees wriggling their way out of giving a definitive answer about their views. His former boss at Harvard Law School, now-Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, referred to the practice in her confirmation hearings as not giving a “thumbs-up or thumbs-down” to any particular case. Kavanaugh consistently called back to the issue of judicial independence, crutching on the often-used sports cliché that he is just an “umpire,” calling cases in a purportedly neutral way.

Kavanaugh did have an interesting exchange with Republican Senator Ben Sasse about precedent, however. As Damon Root pointed out in the magazine Reason, Sasse got Kavanaugh to explain why he thought Brown v. Board of Education, which overturned the ruling that African Americans could be treated as “separate but equal” in Plessy v. Ferguson, was correctly decided. Kavanaugh praised the way the lawyer Thurgood Marshall, a future justice, litigated segregation cases in the lead-up to Brown, creating an incremental argument that eventually prevailed at the Supreme Court.

The exchange provided a useful look into Kavanaugh’s legal thinking about an issue that will inevitably come up during his time on the Court, if he is confirmed: All justices eventually face the question of whether to overturn past Supreme Court precedents, and no matter their ideological background, the temptation to do so is strong. Although they did not often succeed at getting definitive answers from Kavanaugh, senators have at least created a public record of his claims to judicial independence, which, if he is confirmed, may prove interesting as his record as a justice expands.

But academic interest may be the beginning and end of the hearings’ usefulness, at least in terms of holding Kavanaugh accountable for his views. As Republican Senator Lindsey Graham pointed out during the third day of the hearings, the Court’s power to determine major parts of American life is expansive, and almost completely unchecked:

Whatever five people believe at any given time … they can rewrite our history and come up with a new history. … I hope that one day the Court will sit down and think long and hard about the path they’ve charted. … [It] shuts out all of us who have gone to the ballot box and gone through the test of being elected.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation will likely be brought to a swift vote in the full Senate chamber, where he’ll only need 51 votes to win his lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. After marathon days of testimony, punctuated by dramatic arguments over Senate documents and the passionate cries of protesters who claim that Kavanaugh’s confirmation is “a matter of life and death,” it’s not clear that anything has changed. Another Supreme Court justice will likely be confirmed, and the theater of democracy will continue.