Seventeen Democrats have been arrested outside of the Supreme Court after taking part in an abortion rights protest, according to a new report from US Capitol police.
Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib were among the group of lawmakers, out of a total of 35 people, that were taken into custody for obstructing traffic during the demonstration. AOC, Omar and others marched alongside fellow protestors shouting, “Our body, our choice,” and, “We won’t go back,” before being escorted by away by Capitol police.
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Omar, as well as representatives for AOC, Bush, Pressley and more tweeted confirmation that they had all been arrested, voicing their support for abortion rights in the wake of the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade last month.
“Today my colleagues and I put our bodies on the line,” Omar, who had already tweeted in anticipation of being arrested, wrote, “because we will leave no stone unturned in our fight for justice.”
\u201cI introduced legislation yesterday and today to protect reproductive freedom. Today my colleagues and I put our bodies on the line\u2014because we will leave no stone unturned in our fight for justice.\n\nBans off our bodies.\u201d— Cori Bush (@Cori Bush) 1658252756
New York Representative Carolyn Maloney, who was among those arrested in the Democratic Women's Caucus, said in a statement, "There is no democracy if women do not have control over their own bodies and decisions about their own health, including reproductive care. I have the privilege of representing a state where reproductive rights are respected and protected — the least I can do is put my body on the line for the 33 million women at risk of losing their rights."
She continued, "The Republican Party and the right-wing extremists behind this decision are not pro-life, but pro-controlling the bodies of women, girls, and any person who can become pregnant. Their ultimate goal is to institute a national ban on abortion. We will not let them win. We will be back."
\u201cThe Supreme Court will not stop us. Even though they arrested us, we won\u2019t stop our organizing, agitating, and legislating for justice.\n\nWe got us.\u201d— Cori Bush (@Cori Bush) 1658257071
\u201cToday I was arrested in a civil disobedience action at the Supreme Court to protest Roe v Wade getting overturned and the assault on reproductive rights across the country. \n\nI will do whatever it takes, including putting my body on the line, to protect our fundamental rights.\u201d— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Rep. Ilhan Omar) 1658259902
\u201cToday, Rep. AOC was arrested along with other members of Congress outside the Supreme Court for protesting in support of abortion rights. \n\n#AbortionRightsAreHumanRights\u201d— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1658255548
Maloney and Omar are among the lawmakers working to protect access to abortion and reproductive healthcare. Eight states have outright banned abortion in almost every case, with similar legislation currently being blocked in five other states and even more looking to put various roadblocks and restrictions on folks looking to terminate a pregnancy.
Effects of the Supreme Court's ruling are already starting to be felt across the country with a woman in Texas being forced to carry a dead fetus for two weeks after her doctor declined to remove it under the state's trigger law. A Louisiana doctor was similarly told by hospital attorneys not to terminate a nonviable pregnancy and force the patient to go through "a painful, hours-long labor" after her water broke.
The Biden administration has since clarified that federal law dictates that physicians are required to provide critical care, which includes abortions in certain cases, when presented with a medical emergency. Ultimately, the power to restore the protections Roe v Wade afforded lies with Congress. So far any attempts to do so have failed in the Senate.
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