Several progressive members of Congress were arrested today outside of the Supreme Court after blocking traffic to protest the reversal of Roe v Wade.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Alma Adams (D-N.C.), Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) were among those arrested, according to footage from the scene.
The arrests come as pro-abortion activists continue to use more aggressive tactics to oppose the reversal of Roe.
Several high-level members of Congress have espoused heated rhetoric surrounding the abortion debate in the past few months.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-Ny.) openly encouraged pro-abortion protesters to confront conservative legislators after a draft opinion was leaked that indicated Roe would be reversed.
Biden and other top Democratic officials have not taken serious steps to condemn pro-abortion protesters for their tactics.
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Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) were among 17 members of Congress arrested July 19 outside the Supreme Court in Washington.
“There is no democracy if women do not have control over their own bodies and decisions about their own health, including reproductive care,” Maloney, the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement.
“Today I was arrested while participating in a civil disobedience action with my fellow Members of Congress outside the Supreme Court. I will continue to do everything in my power to raise the alarm about the assault on our reproductive rights!” Omar wrote on Twitter, sharing video footage showing her being escorted away by Capitol Police.
The U.S. Capitol Police said that protesters were blocking traffic in violation of the law outside the court, triggering three warnings.
When protesters ignored the warnings, officers began making arrests.