Women in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ costumes protest at Kavanaugh confirmation

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WASHINGTON (New4Utah)- There were fireworks from the start of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee asked to postpone the hearing because of new documents released Monday night.

“42,000 documents that we have not had an opportunity to review or read or analyze,” Sen. Kamala Harris said.

Chairman Grassley questioned whether Democrats really care about the Kavanaugh documents or whether they are just trying to delay the hearing.

Police dragged protesters out of the hearing room in makeshift cuffs.

And outside of a couple of hundred people gathered including women worried about abortion and reproductive rights.

Women protest Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to SCOTUS over Roe v. Wade in handmaids tale costumes pic.twitter.com/MRR1EMKcGz— Alexandra Limon (@AlexLimonNews) September 4, 2018

Joseph Merlino traveled from Las Vegas to protest. He’s a cancer survivor who says the Affordable Care Act saved his life.

“Judge Kavanaugh has shown hostility toward the Affordable Care Act and protecting people with pre-existing conditions,” he said.

Senator Dianne Feinstein attacked Kavanaugh’s positions on guns.

“You wrote that unless guns were regulated either at the time the Constitution was written or traditionally throughout history, they cannot be regulated now,” Feinstein said.

Senator Orrin Hatch defended Judge Kavanaugh’s record and character.

“I know a good nominee when I see one and you are a great nominee.,” Hatch said. “You volunteer in the community you–coach youth basketball.”

The confirmation hearings are scheduled to continue through Friday.

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