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Senator Bob Casey appears to be pro-life, but opposes Amy Coney Barrett.



Senator Bob Casey appears to be pro-life, but opposes Amy Coney Barrett.
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Students for Life of America (SFLA) gathered in Philadelphia on Friday, October 23 for a rally outside Pennsylvania Democratic Senator Casey’s District Office urging him to vote in favour of the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

“We’re here today for our Justice for Life Tour,” said SFLA Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizer Liana Hollendonner to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “We explicitly selected senators who claim to be pro-life, but their voting record does not represent that.”

The SFLA party of about two dozen people sang, “Fill the seat! “Besides the District Offices of Casey, a self-proclaimed pro-life Democrat. Casey has proved to be a supporter of abortion rights as his votes coincided with Planned Parenthood 75% of his time in the Senate since 2011, according to Politico.

Casey published a statement on Sept. 23 in reaction to President Donald Trump’s appointment of Barrett to the Supreme Court, in which he said, “I can not endorse a member of the Supreme Court who would strip tens of millions from health care, threaten workers ‘ rights and bid large corporations.”

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Barrett “just embodies real xenophobia, being a mom and having been popular in her chosen profession,” Hollendonner told DCNF. “Judge Amy’s appointment to the Supreme Court is, I believe, merely showing the triumph of the first wave and the second wave of xenophobia in our country, and it should be a moment for every woman across America to celebrate,” said SFLA president Kristan Hawkins in an interview with DCNF.

The SFLA group wrote on the sidewalk chalk statements endorsing Barrett along with different pro-life sentiments, but told the sidewalk outside 2000 Market St.—which houses Casey’s office suite — was private property. A security staff member for the building ordered the SFLA party to stop chalking, explaining that the party was defacing “private property.”

The Civil Affairs Unit of Philadelphia stated that the sidewalk area in front of the Market St. building was public land, according to Hollendonner, who called the Civil Affairs Unit.

The Civil Affairs Unit also claimed that the police would provide the same explanation to the employees of the building if they were to call 911, Hollendonner said.

Building workers at 2000 Market St. hosed the sidewalk chalk of the SFLA party until the rally was over.

SFLA also gathered in other key swing states on October 23, including Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Minnesota, North Carolina, Colorado, and Washington, where student groups gathered outside the offices of each state’s senator to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

“Our goal this week was to go out and show the U.S. to the States. The Senate needs this pro-life generation to do their job and confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, “Hawkins told DCNF.

The Justice for Life Tour this weekend comes after the SFLA counter-protest at the Women’s March in Washington D.C. Last Saturday, the party was met with a lot of animosities, according to Hawkins.

“The Democrats have tried really hard to get Amy Coney Barrett to affirm the future of Obamacare, but what it really is about is the future of abortion law in our country, and that’s why we saw what we saw last Saturday at the Women’s March and the violence against our team members and the threats of violence,” Hawkins said in an interview with DCNF.

Barrett did not commit to a position to abolish abortion precedents such as Roe v. Wade but stressed before the Senate Judiciary Committee that, while late Justice Anton Scalia was a mentor of hers and held a pro-life position in court, this did not mean that she would judge the same as him.

“As far as textualism is concerned, the judge treats the text as it was written with the meaning it had at the time and does not infuse its own meaning into it,” Barrett said during her appointment hearing. “But I want to be sure to suggest that if I’m confirmed, you won’t have Justice Scalia. You’re going to get Justice Barrett. And that’s because the originalists don’t always agree. And neither are textualists, “she said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would hold a vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, October 26.

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