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17 US Lawmakers Arrested By Police For Protesting Abortion Rights

17 US Lawmakers Arrested By Police For Protesting Abortion Rights

17 US Lawmakers Arrested By Police For Protesting Abortion Rights

17 US Lawmakers Arrested By Police For Protesting Abortion Rights

Police said that at least 17 Democratic lawmakers, including well-known progressives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, were detained on Tuesday during an abortion rights demonstration in front of the Supreme Court in Washington.

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The activists had obstructed traffic on a neighboring road and had received three warnings before police made the arrests, the US Capitol police reported on Twitter.

“We made a total of 35 arrests for Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding,” the police said. “That arrest number includes 17 Members of Congress.”

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The small demonstration came three weeks after a controversial ruling by the Supreme Court that overturned the 1973 landmark decision of Roe v. Wade, which had guaranteed women’s access to abortion.

“Today I was arrested while participating in a civil disobedience action with my fellow Members of Congress outside the Supreme Court,” Omar, a representative from Minnesota, said on Twitter.

17 US Lawmakers Arrested By Police For Protesting Abortion Rights

“I will continue to do everything in my power to raise the alarm about the assault on our reproductive rights!” she tweeted.

Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York was also arrested, and issued 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.”

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“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.”

Footage from the protest showed Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and others being led away, not in handcuffs, and waving to supporters.


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