by Neetu Chandak
Activists sent coat hangers to Maine Sen. Susan Collins’s office to protest against confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The Republican senator’s office received 3,000 coat hangers, which served as reminders of back-alley abortions, according to The Associated Press Saturday. Collins and Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who both support abortion rights, are considered as crucial voters for Kavanaugh to be confirmed.
“I have voted for Justice [Sonia] Sotomayor, and I’ve also voted for Justice [Samuel] Alito,” Collins said, the AP reported. The two judges have opposite ideological perspectives. Collins added that she would not make a decision on Kavanaugh until his confirmation hearing was over, according to the AP. The four-day hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee ended Friday.
“I was shocked when many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle took a position on the nominee before his identity was even known,” Collins said. “That’s just extraordinary.”
Pro-choice supporters believe Kavanaugh would help overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortions.
“I want to be clear that a vote for any of the proposed nominees on [President Donald] Trump’s list is a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade,” co-founder of the protest group Indivisible Ezra Levin said, The Cut reported on July 2. “Susan Collins cannot simultaneously say she supports Roe v. Wade and support anybody on that list; that would be quite hypocritical.”
A Twitter thread on June 29 showed orders of hangers being prepared to be sent to Collins, according to The Cut. The hangers were not sent in an organized effort, according to Twitter user June Casagrande.
“It just started about an hour ago,” Casagrande tweeted on June 29. “No organized effort. Just building steam on Twitter.”
“I think maintaining that right for women is absolutely crucial,” Long said to USA Today. Long added that she thought Collins could “absolutely be swayed.”
Some protesters interrupted the hearing by yelling and others demonstrated quietly while wearing red handmaid gowns.
— Kevin Daley (@KevinDaleyDC) September 4, 2018
The Women’s March had 300 protesters who were ready to take actions that could lead to possible arrests, according to Women’s March senior adviser Winnie Wong, CNN reported. Wong along with Women’s March co-founders Linda Sarsour and Bob Bland were arrested Tuesday.
Collins’s office did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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Neetu Chandak is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation. Follow Neetu on Twitter.