Demonstration against the revoking of the right to abortion, 17 members of the United States Congress arrested

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – At least 17 congressional Democrats, including progressives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, were arrested Tuesday during an abortion rights protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.

US Capitol Police said on Twitter that protesters blocked traffic on a nearby street and received three warnings before officers were arrested.

“In total, we made 35 arrests for crowding, obstructing or obstructing,” police said. France 24 Wednesday, July 20, 2022. “The number of arrests includes 17 members of Congress.”

The protests came three weeks after a controversial Supreme Court ruling that overturned the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, who guaranteed women’s access to abortion nationwide.

“Today I was arrested in the Supreme Court while participating in an act of civil disobedience with another congressman,” Minnesota Rep. Omar said on Twitter. “I will continue to do everything in my power to raise the alarm about violations of my reproductive rights!” He tweeted.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York was also arrested and released a statement saying, “There is no democracy unless women have control over their bodies and decisions about their own health, including including reproductive care.

“Republicans and far-right extremists are not pro-life behind this decision, but pro-body control for women, girls, and anyone who is pregnant.”

Footage from the protest shows Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and others being led away without handcuffs.

The 17 congressmen arrested include Barbara Lee of California, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Corey Bush of Missouri, Jan Schakowski of Illinois, Jackie Spear of California, Caroline Maloney of New York, Veronica Escobar of Texas, Sarah Jacobs of California, Alma Adams. were involved. from North Carolina, Bonnie Watson from New Jersey, Nidia Velazquez from New York, Madeleine Dean from Pennsylvania and Andy Levine from Michigan.

Although the Democratic-controlled House passed a bill last week that would protect abortion rights, it is unlikely to pass the Senate. The June 24 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade caused millions of American women to lose access to safe abortions and delayed life-saving prenatal care for other women.

Also Read: U.S. Supreme Court Ends Nearly Five Decades of Abortion Rights

Number: France24

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