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Atlanta Protesters Gather At US Sen. Perdue’s Office To Oppose Supreme Court Nominee

Hours before the Atlanta protest began Tuesday outside his Buckhead office, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, above, of Georgia released a video publicly praising Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for Supreme Court justice.
Hours before the Atlanta protest began Tuesday outside his Buckhead office, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, above, of Georgia released a video publicly praising Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for Supreme Court justice.
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Dozens of protesters gathered outside U.S. Sen. David Perdue’s Buckhead office with signs and loudspeakers.

They took to the street, on Tuesday afternoon, to pressure the senator to oppose Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Many of the protesters were women who said they were concerned about the future of Roe v. Wade and abortion rights.

Marisa Pyle was one of them. At 20 years old, she said she’s afraid for her future if the Supreme Court has a conservative majority.

“As a member of the LGBT community and someone with a pre-existing condition, so many of the issues that will come before the Supreme Court are literally life or death for me.”

Hours before the protest began, Perdue had released a video publicly praising Trump’s pick.

“Judge Kavanaugh understands the long-lasting impact Supreme Court decisions have on our nation, and I look forward to meeting with him soon,” Perdue said. “I could not be more excited about a nominee than I am about Brett Kavanaugh.”

But Staci Fox, executive director of Planned Parenthood Southeast, said she was determined to change his mind.

She, along with women from other pro-choice and civil rights organizations, led protesters in chants and cheers on the street outside Perdue’s office.

“Make no mistake — the right to access abortion in this country is on the line,” Fox said. “President Trump promised to only appoint justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, and with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, he has done just that.”

A representative for Perdue’s office said he was not in the building during the protest.