Students For Life Gather Rally Outside Sen Casey’s Office Urging Him Support Barrett’s Supreme Court Confirmation

By Published on October 26, 2020

A Students for Life of America (SFLA) group gathered in Philadelphia on Friday, Oct. 23 for a rally outside Sen. Bob Casey’s (D-Penn.) district office urging him to vote in support of the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

We’re here today for our Justice for Life Tour,” SFLA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator Liana Hollendonner told Daily Caller News Foundation. “We specifically chose senators who claim to be pro-life, but their voting record doesn’t reflect that.”

The SFLA group of about two dozen people chanted “fill that seat!” outside the district offices of Casey, a self-proclaimed pro-life Democrat. Casey has proven to be a proponent for abortion rights as his votes have aligned with Planned Parenthood 75% of his time in the Senate since 2011, according to Politico.

Casey released a statement on Sept. 23 in response to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Barrett to the Supreme Court writing, “I cannot support a Supreme Court nominee who would rip health care away from tens of millions, undermine the rights of workers and do the bidding of large corporations.”

Barrett “just embodies true feminism, being a mom and being successful in her chosen career,” Hollendonner told DCNF. “Judge Amy’s confirmation to Supreme Court is, I think, in itself just showing the victory of first wave and second wave feminism in our country, and it should be a moment that every woman across America celebrates,” said SFLA’s President, Kristan Hawkins, in an interview with DCNF.

The SFLA group wrote in sidewalk chalk statements supporting Barrett along with various pro-life sentiments but were told the sidewalk outside of 2000 Market St. — which houses the office suite of Casey — was private property. A security staff member for the building demanded the SFLA group stop chalking, explaining that the group was defacing “private property.”

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

The Civil Affairs Unit further stated that the police would give the same explanation to the building’s staff if they were to call 911, Hollendonner said.

The building staff of 2000 Market St. hosed down the SFLA group’s sidewalk chalk once the rally had finished.

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

“Our goal this week has been to go out into the states and just show the U.S. Senate this pro-life generation wants them to do their job and confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court,” Hawkins told DCNF.

This weekend’s Justice for Life Tour comes after SFLA’s counter demonstration at the Women’s March in Washington D.C. last Saturday where the group faced much hostility, according to Hawkins.

 

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