Omar, AOC Among US Lawmakers Held at Abortion Rights Rally | New
US Capitol Police said protesters blocked traffic on a nearby road and received three warnings before officers made the arrests.
At least 17 Democratic lawmakers, including Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have been arrested during an abortion rights protest outside the US Supreme Court, amid growing anger over to Roe’s controversial dismissal against Wade last month.
US Capitol Police said on Twitter that protesters blocked traffic on a nearby road and received three warnings before officers made the arrests.
“We made a total of 35 arrests for overcrowding, obstruction or inconvenience,” police said. “This number of arrests includes 17 members of Congress.”
Correction: We made a total of 35 arrests for overcrowding, obstruction, or inconvenience (DC Code § 22–1307).
This number of arrests includes 17 members of Congress.
— United States Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) July 19, 2022
The small protest came weeks after a Supreme Court ruling that overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that guaranteed women’s access to abortion.
“Today I was arrested while participating in a civil disobedience action with my fellow congressmen in the Supreme Court,” Minnesota Rep. Omar tweeted.
“I will continue to do everything in my power to sound the alarm about the violation of our reproductive rights!” she tweeted.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York was also arrested. She released a statement saying, “There is no democracy if women do not have control over their own bodies and decisions about their own health, including reproductive care.
“The Republican Party and the right-wing extremists behind this decision are not pro-life, but pro-body control for women, girls, and anyone who might get pregnant.”
Footage from the protest showed Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and others being led away, uncuffed, and saluting supporters.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to restore abortion rights nationwide, passing the bill with 219 votes in favor and 210 against, but it is unlikely to become law because it lacks the necessary support for the equally divided Senate.
The US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade was welcomed by conservatives but angered rights advocates who said it would disproportionately affect black and low-income people.
Twenty-six US states are likely or certain to ban abortion after the fall of Roe v Wade, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights group.
Already, several Republican-controlled states have moved to severely restrict or ban abortion, while Democratic state leaders have sought to strengthen protections, including for out-of-state pregnant patients. traveling for abortion services.
The House also passed a separate bill on Friday that would prohibit punishing a woman or child who decides to travel to another state to have an abortion.