Democratic Lawmakers Arrested at Abortion Rights Protest

The United States Capitol Police arrested several prominent Democratic members of Congress during an abortion rights protest in front of the Supreme Court on July 19.

The U.S. Capitol Police said that they arrested 35 protesters, including 17 members of Congress, for blocking First Street, NE, near the U.S. Supreme Court.

Among those arrested were Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Cori Bush.

“It is against the law to block traffic, so officers gave the demonstrators three standard warnings to get out of the street. When the demonstrators refused to get out of the street, the officers arrested them for Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding,” the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement.

The Center for Popular Democracy Action posted a livestream of the protest, which also showed the arrests.

The protesters marched from the Capitol to the top court, which has been fenced off for weeks, at around 1:15 p.m.

The U.S. Capitol Police ordered the protesters to “cease and desist” within two minutes of their arrival, but the protesters sat on the street instead until officers led them off one by one.

Other members of Congress who were arrested include Representatives Nydia Velazquez, Carolyn Maloney, Veronica Escobar, Jackie Speier, Sara Jacobs, Barbara Lee, Ayanna Pressley, Alma Adams, Madeline Dean, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Andy Levin, Rashida Tlaib, Jan Schakowsky, and Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark.

Omar posted a video of her arrest on Twitter with the caption that she “will continue to do everything in my power to raise the alarm about the assault on our reproductive rights!”

In a statement, Escobar said her arrest was “a small act in the centuries-long battle to ensure every woman has the freedom to make personal decisions.”


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