17 Congressmen Arrested During Protest Outside Supreme Court, Capitol Police Say

Seventeen members of Congress were among those arrested Tuesday during an abortion rights protest outside the Supreme Court, according to the United States Capitol Police.

US Capitol Police said they made a total of 35 arrests for overcrowding, obstruction or inconvenience, including 17 members of Congress. Protesters had perched on NE First Street near the Capitol Building, blocking the street. Capitol Police said they issued their three standard warnings before beginning arrests.

A spokesperson for Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts also confirmed several arrests of members of Congress and said Pressley was among those arrested. Pressley’s director of communications, Ricardo Sánchez, said his arrest was an act of “non-violent civil disobedience”. Representative Katherine Clark, the Democratic Deputy Speaker of the House, was also arrested.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s office also announced that she was among the members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus arrested near the Supreme Court.

Members of Congress detained during abortion rights protest in Washington
Representatives Andy Levin (D-MI) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) are detained during an abortion rights protest outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC, United States, on 19 July 2022.

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“There is no democracy if women do not have control over their own bodies and decisions about their own health, including reproductive care,” Maloney said in a statement after his arrest, according to his office. . “I am privileged to represent a state where reproductive rights are respected and protected – the least I can do is put my body at risk for the 33 million women who stand to lose their rights. 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. Their ultimate goal is to institute a nationwide ban on abortion. We don’t won’t let them win. We’ll be back.”

A spokeswoman for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confirmed she was among those arrested.

Proponents of abortion rights – and those who oppose it – demonstrated near the Supreme Court since the court’s decision to strike down abortion protections under Roe nearly a month ago. The court ruled that abortion is not a constitutional right.

Democrats hope to enshrine abortion access protections in law, but such a measure lacks support in the Senate under current rules.

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