U.S. Supreme Court: People Gather Outside Courthouse Steps to protest “Obamacare””

Today is the first day of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which was enacted on March 23, 2010, is constitutional. I decided to go down there this morning and check it out!

People camped outside the courthouse waiting and hoping to get a seat in the oral arguments.

Outside the courthouse steps, people were exercising their First Amendment right of free speech and right to assemble. Tons of people were gathered outside the steps marching in favor of the act or protesting against it.

As an advocate of the First Amendment, it was a beautiful thing to see so many people protesting and invoking their rights in a peaceful manner.

Those in favor of the act, chanted and played music. They held signs saying, “Protect my healthcare. Protect the law” and marched in a line.

As people chanted, four people played instruments, which added a little something to the activism.

And people were singing.

Those against the act, were smaller in numbers, but their present was still felt. One protester said “Are we going to stand for freedom or are we going to stand for slavery?”

One man was very vocal about how he felt (I am sorry the audio quality is not too great, but you can hear what he is saying).

There was even the organization Bound For Life, which advocates an end to abortions. According to one of the Bound For Life members, they stand outside the courthouse steps daily- and have been doing so for quite some time. They bound their mouths with tape reading “Life.”

related articles: New York Times, Politico and Washington Post


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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