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Demonstrators rallied against Supreme Court nominee in New Haven

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Protesters stood at the New Haven courthouse in opposition to the Supreme Court nominee (WFSB) Protesters stood at the New Haven courthouse in opposition to the Supreme Court nominee (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

He could be the key swing vote, shaping the US supreme court for a generation.

On Tuesday night, dozens of demonstrators protested against the selection of Yale Law School graduate, Brett Kavanaugh. 

The rally took place on the steps of New Haven Superior Court.

Protestors are not pleased with the pick.

"Since I am 16-years-old, I know that the decisions on the court are going to impact me for a lot of my adult life, and I can't veto, so I wanted to find a way that I could have my voice heard," said Megan Striff-Cave of West Hartford. 

The protestors voiced a variety of complaints, but most of them focused on fears that the current US Circuit Judge might overturn Roe v. Wade. 

"I want to go into women's health and I think it's really important that we keep choice alive. We believe that women are the experts of their own bodies," said Jenny Park, a UConn Medical School student. 

Some of the faculty members at the Yale Law School are applauding the president’s choice, saying Kavanaugh is a friend and mentor.

“The polling is very clear on this, in our own state and across the US, 70 percent of Americans support Roe v Wade, so we know the majority does not want this kind of extreme anti-choice nominee,” said Sarah Croucher, NARAL Pro-Choice CT.

Croucher isn’t a fan of President Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Her reason is the 53-year-old Yale Law grad has written roughly 300 opinions as a Federal Appeals Court judge in the DC Circuit, supporting conservative issues ranging from gun rights to anti-abortion cases.

With the chance to tip the court, she and others are fearful about what this could mean.

“We know that with this nomination, access to safe legal abortion in this country is o the line.  We are deeply concerned about what this nominee means for women’s rights, for reproductive rights, there is so much at stake,” said Gretchen Raffa of Planned Parenthood Votes CT.

As the pick now goes forward to a confirmation process in a deeply divided Senate, Kavanaugh says he would keep an open mind in every case while striving to preserve the constitution.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale College in 1987, and then Yale Law School in 1990, where he was a notes editor for the Yale Law Journal.

He still has a deep connection and visits.

Professor Akhil Reed Amar, who had Kavanaugh as a student, says, “Judge Kavanaugh commands wide and deep respect among scholars, lawyers, judges, and justices. Good appellate judges faithfully follow the Supreme Court; great ones influence and help steer the Court.”

While Abbe Gluck, another law professor adds, “Politics have deeply harmed our Supreme Court nomination process.  But in terms of the man now before us, Brett Kavanaugh is a true intellectual...someone who picks law clerks of all backgrounds and view points; and a fair-minded jurist who believes in the rule of law.  He is humble, collegial and cares deeply about the federal courts.”

Not everyone that showed up at the rally disagreed with Kavanaugh. A small group of pro-life counter protestors spent time on the courthouse step.s 

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would become the 4th Yale Law School graduate currently on the Supreme Court, joining Justices Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Clarence Thomas.

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