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Demonstrators dressed in Handmaid's Tale costumes gather to take part in the nationwide Women's March on 17 October 2020, at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.

Demonstrators dressed in Handmaid’s Tale costumes gather to take part in the nationwide Women’s March on 17 October 2020, at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.

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  • Demonstrators and supporters took to the streets in honour of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • This was also to protest President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before the November election.
  • Various women’s rights groups raised concerns that Amy Coney Barrett will restrict abortion access in the United States.

Women and their supporters are rallying in Washington, DC, and across the United States on Saturday as part of a Women’s March against President Donald Trump’s recent nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.

Speaking to a crowd gathered at Freedom Plaza in the US capital, Rachel O’Leary Carmona, the Women’s March executive director, said more than 400 similar protests were organised across the country.

“When we come together, when we take the streets, when we vote, women are the single most powerful political force in America, and there is nothing – not one thing – that Donald Trump can do to stop us,” she said.

The crowd in Washington, DC – most of whom wore masks due to the Covid-19 pandemic – planned to march to the US Capitol and US Supreme Court buildings, local media reported.

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Multiple women demonstrators dressed in Handmaid’s Tale costumes in the nationwide Women’s March on 17 October 2020, at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.

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A woman posing for a photo during Women's March

A woman poses for a photo during the nationwide Women’s March on 17 October 2020, in Washington, DC where demonstrators gathered.

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Demonstrators in Handmaid's Tale costumes

Demonstrators dressed in Handmaid’s Tale costumes gather to take part in the nationwide Women’s March on 17 October 2020, at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.

Daniel Slim / AFP

It was the second event organised by the Women’s March this year after thousands rallied around the country in January for the fourth annual march.

Several speakers urged demonstrators to vote Trump out of office on 3 November, while most stressed the need to send a clear message of opposition to Barrett and any potential restrictions on women’s rights.

If confirmed, the conservative judge would give the nation’s top court a 6-3 conservative majority – and rights groups have said they fear Barrett intends to restrict access to abortion and other civil liberties.

Abortion rights

Jasmine Clemons, a patient advocate at Planned Parenthood, a reproductive healthcare organisation, said she personally “had to overcome far too many obstacles” to have access to an abortion in the US.

She said she feared Barrett intends to further constrain abortion access. “We cannot let [Republican Senator] Mitch McConnell and Trump take away our constitutional rights. That’s why I’m here today,” Clemons told the crowd.

“We are here in honour of all the people who have fought for this right, like Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg.”

“We are here in honour of all the people who have fought for this right, like Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg.”

Ginsburg’s death in September brought abortion rights into the spotlight ahead of the US election.

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Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett show their support outside the Supreme Court on 17 October 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Other demonstrators showing their support for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett show their support outside the Supreme Court on 17 October 2020 in Washington, DC.

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supporters of amy coney barrett during womens marc

Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett show their support outside the Supreme Court.

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Republicans in the US Senate have sought to push Barrett’s nomination through before the vote, drawing the ire of Democratic legislators who say the next president should decide who fills Ginsburg’s seat on the top court.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a 22 October vote on Barrett’s nomination.

Meanwhile, a conservative women’s group, the Independent Women’s Forum, said it was organising a counterprotest in the US capital on Saturday under the slogan, “I’m With Her”, to show support for Barrett.

“The Women’s March flies under the banner of feminism, but it really isn’t promoting equality or opportunity for women. That’s why these so-called feminists are fighting a highly qualified Supreme Court nominee,” the group said on its website.


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