Thousands of people — some dressed as the titular handmaidens from “The Handmaid’s Tale” — joined demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of other cities across the country on Saturday to protest President Donald Trump and his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

The Republican-led Senate is scheduled to hold its first vote to confirm Barrett next week, less than two weeks before the general election. Democrats have vehemently opposed Barrett’s confirmation, characterizing the rushed effort to install Barrett as a power grab by the GOP. 

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Women dressed as handmaidens protest against Donald Trump’s presidency on Saturday.

Critics fear that Barrett’s confirmation could lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the loss of health insurance for millions of Americans, among other seismic changes. 

“Women are threatened in a world where a Christian theocracy is threatening to take over,” protester Kelsey Weir told The Washington Post, referring to Barrett’s leadership position in the Christian group People of Praise. “This is the crisis for our world. The next few weeks are going to decide so many things for women.”

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Women’s March organizers said more than 116,000 people nationwide had pledged to participate in marches or other actions, including virtual events, on Saturday.

“We want our lives back from this administration. And we want a whole different future: a story we are all written into,” the organization wrote on Twitter. “We aren’t scared ― we’re mobilized, we’re organized, and most of all, we’re motivated … Women have the power to end this presidency.”

As the Post noted, a smaller counter-protest attended by supporters of Barrett was also organized in D.C. on Saturday. Those protesters held up placards with pro-life messages and phrases like, “I’m with her” and “Confirm Amy.” 

Scroll down for more images from Saturday’s protests: 

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Demonstrators in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

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Demonstrators in New York City.

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Supporters of Barrett stage a counter-protest on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

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One Fair Wage team members Breanne Delgado (left) and Nikki Cole (right) rally at the base of an 18-foot wooden statue of Elena the Essential, representing service worker’s demand for respect, full pay and fair elections as part of the protests on Saturday.

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A protester on Saturday in Washington.

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The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose seat Barrett has been nominated to fill, appeared on many signs on Saturday.

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Elena the Essential also appeared at a protest in New York City.

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More protesters in New York City.

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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 17: Demonstrators on the move during the #CountonUs March Women’s Voter Rally on October 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. 

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An anti-Trump sign at the Washington protest.

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A woman dressed as handmaiden in Washington.

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Protesters in Washington.

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