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Demonstrators both in favor of and opposed to abortion rights protested on Saturday outside the Supreme Court.


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Demonstrators affiliated with the Women’s March paraded through Washington on Saturday in protest of the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. A few blocks away, a smaller contingent of pro-Barrett demonstrators staged a counterprotest.

The number of liberal marchers paled in comparison with the attendance figures from the original Women’s March, held the day after Trump’s inauguration in 2017, and with those of other demonstrations organized under that banner in subsequent years. Still, the streets around the Capitol were flooded on Saturday as demonstrators expressed their opposition to both Trump and Barrett.

As in years past, rallygoers wore pink “pussy hats” and brandished colorful signs with messages including “Grab him by the ballot,” “No confirmation before inauguration” and “Dump Trump!”

The first Women’s March drew hundreds of thousands to the nation’s capital. The event on Saturday was the fifth rally hosted by the organization, which has faced its own controversies and infighting over the years.

Martha West, 62, a software company manager from Annapolis, Md., said Trump had been “effective at creating an enemy for people to hate.”

At the steps of the Supreme Court, the Independent Women’s Forum, a conservative group, held an “I’m With Her!” rally in support of Barrett’s nomination.

“The Women’s March does not represent all women,” said Sandy Chiong, a conservative grass-roots activist. Barrett, she said, “is a role model for young women everywhere, an independent thinker.”


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