Washington Post spotlights protest leader outside Judge Kavanaugh’s home

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The Washington Post highlighted ongoing protests outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after a leaked draft opinion on the potential repeal of Roe v. Wade.

The article titled “Outside Kavanaugh’s house, a neighbor rallies for abortion rights” was written by Washington Post reporter Ellie Silverman who profiled Lacie Wooten-Holway, the neighbor of Kavanaugh.

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Abortion rights activists demonstrate outside the home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Chevy Chase Maryland on September 13, 2021, following the court’s decision to enforce a strict abortion law. abortion in texas
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“For months, Wooten-Holway, a 39-year-old teaching assistant and aftercare staff member, mother of two and the youngest of five sisters, took the unusual step of protesting a neighbour.” Silverman wrote. “Usually she’s the only neighbor there – a reminder that with every march and song she’s breaking an unspoken contract of civility.

While Silverman acknowledged that some neighbors said the protest was “disrespectful in a place they believe should be a private, family escape from bitter Washington politics,” she wrote that “[o]People are cheering, saying they wouldn’t personally join, but are encouraged to see someone speak up.”

“In Chevy Chase, just over the district line, friendliness among neighbors has long been part of the social code. But Wooten-Holway — who had an abortion and survived a sexual assault — can’t separate politics from personal,” Silverman wrote.

Although Wooten-Holway was criticized for her protests, she continued to defend the rally outside the private Kavanaugh neighborhood.

“I’m having peaceful candlelight vigils outside his house. … We’re about to have the apocalypse, so I’m not going to be civil with this man at all,” Wooten-Holway said.

Protesters demonstrate outside the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Protesters demonstrate outside the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“Even though she and the Kavanaughs don’t know each other personally, she thinks it’s important for him to hear that people in his own neighborhood vehemently disagree with him,” Silverman wrote.

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The article noted that Wooten-Holway had protested Kavanaugh since his Supreme Court nomination in 2018 when he faced multiple sexual assault allegations. Although Wooten-Holway said she was often alone in protests in her neighborhood, Silverman reported that she convinced a neighbor, Erin Prangely, to join.

“Wealthy women in the neighborhood where he lives won’t have a problem with this decision. These are the people who have fewer resources,” Prangely said. “And that’s why it’s time for people of good conscience to break through that barrier and force him to look at us.”

On Monday, Politico shared a draft Supreme Court opinion suggesting a majority of justices would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion in the United States. Since the plan was leaked, pro-choice groups have planned and executed protests against conservative judges as well as Catholic churches.

Anti-abortion activists and church members confront a pro-choice activist outside a Catholic church in midtown Manhattan to voice support for a woman's right to choose on May 07, 2022 At New York.

Anti-abortion activists and church members confront a pro-choice activist outside a Catholic church in midtown Manhattan to voice support for a woman’s right to choose on May 07, 2022 At New York.
(Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

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According to another report, the majority of justices are still in favor of the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The final judgment is expected in June.

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