Over 30 demonstrators, together with at the very least 16 Democratic lawmakers had been arrested Tuesday afternoon at a rally protesting the Supreme Courtroom’s choice in Dobbs v. Jackson, which overturned Roe v. Wade. Among the many lawmakers detained had been members of the Democratic Girls’s Caucus together with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who led the protest according to Axios.
A number of members of Congress, together with @AOC, being arrested by Capitol Police for blocking site visitors exterior the Supreme Courtroom in abortion rights demonstration: pic.twitter.com/fysQN1oBAw
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 19, 2022
The demonstrators had been reportedly detained after blocking a road in Washington D.C., close to the Courtroom. Many wore inexperienced bandanas printed with the phrase “Gained’t Again Down,” and chanted “The individuals, united, won’t ever be divided” as they had been escorted away from the sit-in by Capitol law enforcement officials per CNN.
At the moment, Rep. AOC was arrested together with different members of Congress exterior the Supreme Courtroom for protesting in help of abortion rights. #AbortionRightsAreHumanRights pic.twitter.com/gvj9J1o5ic
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) July 19, 2022
“There isn’t any democracy if girls wouldn’t have management over their very own our bodies and choices about their very own well being, together with reproductive care,” stated Maloney upon arrest.
“The Republican Occasion and the right-wing extremists behind this choice should not pro-life, however pro-controlling the our bodies of girls, ladies, and any one that can turn into pregnant,” she continued. “Their final purpose is to institute a nationwide ban on abortion. We is not going to allow them to win. We will probably be again.”
Additionally among the many lawmakers arrested was Michigan’s Rep. Andy Levin, who careworn the significance of protest as a type of resistance within the present second. “Our nation has by no means actually made a giant modifications, not expanded rights, primarily based on some senators and representatives having a stunning dialog within the Capitol,” he said. “It occurs due to social actions. It occurs as a result of individuals march, individuals protest, individuals manage, individuals get arrested.”
Within the wake of the Dobbs ruling, lawmakers have joined in with the multitude of protests that activists have led exterior the Courtroom. Final month, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) was additionally arrested after participating in a pro-abortion rally on the Capitol.
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) June 30, 2022