Seventeen congressional Democrats, including progressives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, were arrested during protests in favor of abortion rights held outside the Supreme Court building. Washington DCWe United States of america, A total of 35 people were arrested.
Capitol police said the protesters were blocking traffic on a nearby road after receiving three warnings. “Some protesters refuse to leave the street, so we are starting to make arrests,” officials wrote on Twitter.
The demonstration came three weeks after a controversial Supreme Court ruling that ruled Roe v. The Wade Act of 1973, which guaranteed abortion rights at the federal level. Now, the right is banned or may be restricted in more than half of US states.
“I was arrested outside the Supreme Court today with my fellow members of Congress while participating in an act of civil disobedience,” tweeted Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar. “I will continue to do everything in my power to raise awareness about the attack on my reproductive rights!”
Mrs. Carolyn Maloney, from New Yorkwas also arrested, and issued a statement in which she said that “there is no democracy if women do not have control over their bodies and cannot make decisions about their own health, including reproductive care. The Republican Party behind this And there are right-wing extremists. The decisions are not pro-life, but pro-body control of women, girls and anyone who is pregnant.”