Three months after President Donald Trump announced his pick for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, 53, was confirmed on Saturday after a vote that fell mainly along party lines. Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS nomination was immediately followed by protests, especially by advocates for women’s rights, who campaigned that, if elected, he would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Though Kavanugh refused to give a direct answer during his confirmation hearing on how he would vote on the landmark ruling, his confirmation process took a major turn after Christine Blasey Ford delivered a powerful and moving testimony to the Senate Judicial Committee, detailing her allegations of sexual assault against him. Despite her accusation and those of two other women, and a weeklong FBI investigation to look into those accusations, Kavanaugh’s nomination proceeded to a final vote, which thousands of women showed up to protest in Washington, D.C.
With signs like, “Our lives are on the line” and “We believe survivors,” protestors took to the steps of the U.S. Capitol in an act of civil disobedience. Police arrested at least 164 people in Washington, D.C., reported CBS, with 150 arrested on the Capitol’s steps and 14 arrested in the Senate galleries. Those on the floor of the Senate and live-streaming the vote from home could hear their shouts and screams as Vice President Mike Pence, presiding over the vote, called repeatedly for the sergeant-at-arms to restore order.
We’ve rounded up 25 of the most powerful images from the protests—scroll through to see, below.