Many Democratic Representatives were among 17 members of Congress who were among the dozens of abortion rights protesters who were detained outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday during a rally calling for immediate action to protect abortion in the wake of the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last month. Amongst the members of congress were members like Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
People were arrested for crowding, obstructing, or incommoding, a D.C. code frequently used when detaining protestors during peaceful, organized, and planned acts of civil disobedience like on the march on Tuesday, 35 persons were detained. According to Capitol Police spokesperson Tim Barber, those detained were issued tickets and released immediately, as is customary at events like this.
Among those arrested were members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus and including Assistant House Speaker Katherine M. Clark and Representatives Bush, Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Barbara Lee, and Carolyn B. Maloney, according to their offices. 13 states had “trigger prohibitions” that were set to go into effect within 30 days of the decision to overturn Roe at the time. On the day the decision was announced, the surgery was prohibited in at least eight states.
According to the testimonies of clinicians in numerous areas where new rules have taken effect, common consequences, such as incomplete miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies, have now been investigated, delayed, and even rejected. With a giant orange banner that reads, “Our Bodies,” the pro-abortion demonstrators on Tuesday marched from the U.S. Capitol to the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court.
The courts A live feed of the protest was provided by the Center for Popular Democracy Action, a conglomerate of liberal organizations, and it was titled “Our Democracy.” When they arrived, they stayed on the roadway in defiance of police orders to disperse or face arrest. “We won’t go back,” the group chanted as other people sat in the street. This protest will not be the first of many to come, and the women in parliament are showing their support to the rest of America.